Celsius to Kelvin Clarification


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Frenz Cabison 1B
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Celsius to Kelvin Clarification

Postby Frenz Cabison 1B » Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:00 pm

Hi! This is kind of random, but when we're converting from Celsius to Kelvin, does Lavelle want us to add 273.15 or just 273???

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Re: Celsius to Kelvin Clarification

Postby Hena Sihota 1L » Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:04 pm

Hi! I have the same question, because sometimes the solutions manual and TAs add 273 instead of 273.15 when converting from Celsius to Kelvin and I've noticed that the answers are slightly different. However, since the equations sheet that we get for the midterm has "0 degrees Celsius=273.15 K" I think we should use 273.15 on the midterm.

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Re: Celsius to Kelvin Clarification

Postby Varsha Sivaganesh 1A » Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:40 pm

I would use 273.15 on the midterm just to be safe... There's nothing wrong with using a more precise number in your calculations!

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Re: Celsius to Kelvin Clarification

Postby Pooja Nair 1C » Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:35 am

The equation sheet says K = C + 273.15, so I would just use that to be safe. You can always adjust decimal points based on the number of sig figs in the answer. I typically use 273.15 and I've never been docked for the potential discrepancies


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