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Absolute temperature is the temperature of an object on a scale where 0 is taken as absolute zero. Absolute temperature scales are Kelvin (degree units Celcius) and Rankine (degree units Fahrenheit).

Absolute zero is the temperature at which a system is in the state of lowest possible (minimum) energy. As molecules approach this temperature their movements drop towards zero. No electronic devices work at this temperature.

Common temperatures in the absolute scale are:

To convert from the Celsius scale into the absolute temperature, you add 273.16 and change °C to K. To get a temperature on the absolute scale to the Celsius scale, subtract 273.16 and change K to °C. This is normally used in the science world.


Celsius to Kelvin: K=C+273

Kelvin to Celsius : C=K-273

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