The United States still uses Fahrenheit to measure the weather. Rest of the world? Celsius (it is better!).
The US is not the same. That is pretty lame.
But we can deal, see? And get to where things need to be: converting Fahrenheit to Celsius and Celsius to Fahrenheit with the simplest of math for you and me.
(Yes, I know proper grammar – we are running with the rhymes not matter!)
F to C
( F – 30 ) / 2 = Ce.g. ( 70F – 30 ) / 2 = 20C
Degrees in Fahrenheit, minus thirty, divided by two; that’s Celsius for you!
C to F
C * 2 + 30 = Fe.g. 20C * 2 + 30 = 70F
Double the degrees, add thirty right, you’ll get Fahrenheit!
Feel Better Celsius
Forget that simple math, for real? No worries! Use this that gives you Celsius’s feel:
30 is HOT 🔥
20 is Nice ~
10 is Cold 🥶
0 is Ice 😱Celsius Limerick
If you will be scientific, the equation needs to be specific:
F = C * 9 / 5 + 32
C = ( F – 32 ) * 5 / 9Textbook F and C Conversions
5 by 9 is .56 and 9 by 5 is 1.8 – for mental calculations, these equations aren’t great 😑
So 5 by 9 is near to half, 1.8 two, using 30 by rounding gives good enough approximations for me and for you! We can show it’s true:
- 100C ~ 230F (expected: 212F)
- 30C ~ 90F (i.e. 86F)
- 20C ~ 70F (68F)
- 10C ~ 50F (50F)
- 0C ~ 30F (32F)
- -10C ~ 10F (14F)
That is it! That is all you need. Take these equations with you to do conversions at speed.
Until all the world uses Celsius we will live with the muss. At least this basic algebra removes a bit of the fuss.
Thank you for sitting through my rhymes – here is to you! Cheers to our next time.