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# Video:Difference Between Fahrenheit and Celsius

Want to know the difference between farenheit and celsius? Here, see helpful information that will explain how each measures temperature.See Transcript

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## Transcript:Difference Between Fahrenheit and Celsius

Hi I'm Adam Kochanowicz for About.com. Did you know there are places in the world where water boils at only 100 degrees? This shouldn't come as any surprise since the United States is only one of very few countries still using the Fahrenheit scale for temperatures.

### Information About the Difference Between Fahrenheit and Celsius

If you've ever been overseas or taken a science class, you've probably already encountered some difficulty in understanding the difference between these scales. In this video, I'll tell you what these two scales mean and how to convert between the two.

### Facts About Fahrenheit and Celsius

Fahrenheit was developed in 1724 by physicist Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit. On this scale, water freezes at 32 degrees and boils at 212 making these points 180 degrees apart. A couple decades later, the Swedish astronmer Anders Celsius defined a new scale after his name which put the freezing and boiling points at 0 and 100 degrees respectively. Pretty much every country in the world excluding the US and Belize replaced Fahrenheit with Celsius in the mid twentieth century. Celsius was also adopted into the Kelvin scale, which uses the same intervals as Celsius but moves zero down to absolute zero, the theoretical coldest temperature physically possible. Kelvin, in turn, was adopted as official scientific unit of temperature. This is why you likely used either Kelvin or Celsius--but never Fahrenheit--in your science classes.