## Celsius and Kelvin

Nathan Mariano 2G
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### Celsius and Kelvin

In what instances do we need to convert Celsius to Kelvin when calculating heat released (q)? In 8.19, Celsius is not converted into Kelvin.

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### Re: Celsius and Kelvin

I have the same question.. sometimes they use C and sometimes they use K.. can someone clarify this for me please.

yuetao4k
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### Re: Celsius and Kelvin

You don't need to convert it when you're only using the difference in the temperatures in your equation because the differences will be the same. You need to convert when you're using a specific temperature (not the change) and when you are trying to find a ratio between initial and final temperatures.

Rosha Mamita 2H
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### Re: Celsius and Kelvin

When talking about a change in temperature, the change in values of Kelvin and Celsius are interchangeable since a one degree difference in Kelvin is the same as a one degree difference in Celsius.

Rosha Mamita 2H
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### Re: Celsius and Kelvin

However if talking about the temperature itself, Kelvin and Celsius need to be converted from one temperature unit to another depending on what units the equations requires

taryn_baldus2E
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### Re: Celsius and Kelvin

Use Celcius in the case of heat capacity problems.

Arta Kasaeian 2C
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### Re: Celsius and Kelvin

Almost always it's preferred to use Kelvins to do the problem (and then convert the final result to celsius if the question specifically asks for it). The only instances where celsius is fine is when CHANGE in temperature is used in which there is no difference between the two.