Absolute temperature

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Absolute temperature, also called thermodynamic temperature, is the temperature of an object on a scale where 0 is taken as absolute zero. Absolute temperature scales are Kelvin (degree units Celsius) and Rankine (degree units Fahrenheit).

Absolute zero is the temperature at which a system is in the state of lowest possible (minimum) energy. As molecules approach this temperature their movements drop towards zero. It is the lowest temperature a gas thermometer can measure. No electronic devices work at this temperature.

Common temperatures in the absolute scale are:

  • 0 °C (freezing point of water) = 273.15 K
  • 25 °C (room temperature) = 298.15 K
  • 100 °C (boiling point of water) = 373.15 K
  • 0 K (absolute zero) = - 273.15 °C

To convert from the Celsius scale into the absolute temperature, you add 273.15 and change °C to K. To get a temperature on the absolute scale to the Celsius scale, subtract 273.15 and change K to °C. This is normally used in the science world.

Conversion

Celsius to Kelvin: K=C+273

Kelvin to Celsius : C=K-273