C = K?

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C = K?

Postby gabbymaraziti » Tue Feb 04, 2020 2:21 pm

Example 4A.4 in the textbook gives a change in temperature in celsius, then states that it is the same amount in kelvin. How is this possible?

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Re: C = K?

Postby Izzie Capra 2E » Tue Feb 04, 2020 2:23 pm

I think it means that when you raise the temperature by 1 degree C, that is the same thing as raising by 1 degree K, because they are on the same number scale.

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Re: C = K?

Postby AlyshaP_2B » Tue Feb 04, 2020 2:24 pm

Even though the units are different, an increase of 1 unit Kelvin is equivalent to an increase of 1 unit Celsius. Since this equation uses delta T rather than just T, you can use the same number without having to do any conversions.

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Re: C = K?

Postby AveryAgosto » Tue Feb 04, 2020 2:43 pm

We talked about it in discussion and it just means that it is scaled the same. If you were to add one degree to each that wouldn't change the ratio.

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Re: C = K?

Postby Philomena 4F » Wed Feb 05, 2020 6:24 pm

It's the idea of raising the temp. by 1 degree C or K. You can use those scales interchangeably if the problem concerns delta T. Otherwise, a regular T in question would have different measured values for each scale.

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Re: C = K?

Postby IScarvie 1E » Wed Feb 05, 2020 6:30 pm

If the temperature raises from 25 to 27 C, by converting to K it is being raised from 298 to 300 K. However, the change in temperature for both is still 2. Therefore doesn't matter if you use kelvin or Celcius to measure delta T (unless you need to cancel out units later in the problem).

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