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Why do scientists use Celsius scale in their work?


Celcius is part of the scientific set of units. It also has a convenient, metric-like range of 0-100, 0 for the freezing point of water and 100 for the boiling point of water. Did you know that -40 degrees F is the same temperature as -40 degrees C ? Isn't that cool (a slight pun there)?

David Cook

Scientists use the Centigrade or Celsius scale because it is a convenient standard for the measurement of temperature. It uses the freezing and boiling point of water as baselines, with the freezing point of water set at "zero" degrees, and the boiling point set at 100 degrees.

Other scales could easily be used, but a standard is necessary in conducting experiments and communicating the results. The Celsius scale has been agreed to as being the commonly accepted standard by scientific bodies around the world.

Wendell Bechtold, Meteorologist Forecaster,
National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office, St. Louis, MO

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