Question Video: Conversion between Degrees Celcius and Degrees Fahrenheit Mathematics

Liam wants to compare the average temperatures in Los Angeles and London for January. He finds that the average temperature in Los Angeles is 59°F and in London 5°C. What is the difference in temperature in degrees Fahrenheit?

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Liam wants to compare the average temperatures in Los Angeles and London for January. He finds that the average temperature in Los Angeles is 59 degrees Fahrenheit and in London is five degrees Celsius. What is the difference in temperature in degrees Fahrenheit?

So, to be able to solve this problem, the first thing we’re gonna do is convert the temperature for London from Celsius to Fahrenheit. And to be able to do that, what we have is a formula. And that formula states that the temperature in Fahrenheit is equal to 1.8 multiplied by the temperature in Celsius plus 32. So, if we take a look at the information we’ve got, we know that in London, the temperature there is five degrees Celsius. So, therefore, we know that the temperature in Fahrenheit is gonna be equal to 1.8 multiplied by five plus 32, which is gonna be equal to nine plus 32, which is gonna be equal to 41 degrees Fahrenheit.

So, great, we’ve actually done the first part of the question because we’ve transferred or converted the temperature from Celsius to Fahrenheit. And now, what we’re going to do is compare the difference between our temperatures in Los Angeles and London. Well, what we’re gonna do is subtract the temperature in London from the temperature in Los Angeles. So, we’ve got 59 Fahrenheit minus 41 Fahrenheit, which is equal to 18 Fahrenheit. So therefore, we can say that the temperature in Los Angeles is warmer by 18 degrees Fahrenheit.