Pharmacy Temperature Conversions
In the U.S. we mostly use the (F°) Fahrenheit system in our everyday lives. If you turn on the news tonight the weather will likely be forecast in Fahrenheit. In the field of science, however, (C°) Celsius is more commonly used.
There is a very good reason for this; Celsius is shaped around when a reaction will take place. For example, in Celsius water will freeze at 0° and boil at 100°. Compare that with 32° and 212° in Fahrenheit. Based on that example, surely you can understand why Celsius is predominantly used in science/Pharmacy.
1) Traditional way, as taught in Pharm Tech School:
C = (F - 32) x (5/9)
F = C x (9/5) + 32
IMPORTANT- Remember that Fahrenheit will always be greater than Celsius. The most simple way to remember that water freezes at 0° Celsius / 32° Fahrenheit.
I would recommend writing down some numbers and converting them for practice until you are comfortably converting without referring to your notes
2) Algebra Shortcut:
5F = 9C + 160
3) Ballparking Temperature Conversions:
While studying temperature conversions, my study partner and I discovered a way to Ballpark a temperature conversion in a matter of a few seconds. The link just below will show you how.
Ball-parking Temperature Conversions
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