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# What is the difference between Celsius and centigrade?

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The difference between Celsius and centigrade lies in the 0.01 degree variation that exists between the triple point of water in each scale. The Celsius scale replaced the centigrade scale established in 1741 by Anders Celsius.

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Aside from that small difference, the two scales are basically the same. Zero degrees is the point at which water freezes and 100 degrees is the temperature at which water boils in both systems. Because the centigrade system did not have a precise value for the degree, the General Conference of Weights and Measures decided to develop the Celsius scale, which is the Kelvin scale minus 273.15 degrees. Because the triple point of water (the equilibrium point for ice, liquid and vapor) in the Kelvin scale is 273.16, the same point is 0.01 in the Celsius scale.

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The density of water at 25 degrees Celsius is 0.997 grams per milliliter. With the exception of temperatures from 0 to 4 degrees Celsius, the density of water decreases as the temperature rises and also decreases as the temperature falls.

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Forty-eight degrees in Fahrenheit is 8.88 degrees in Celsius. Utilizing an online Fahrenheit to Celsius calculator is the easiest way to solve this calculation. The conversion can also be done by hand.

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To convert 31 degrees Celsius to Fahrenheit, simply multiply the value in Celsius by 1.80, then add 32 to obtain the degrees in Fahrenheit. Both units are measurements of temperature that are used around the world. Celsius is part of the International System of Units, or the metric system, and Fahrenheit is part of the customary system of units.