Everyday maths for Health and Social Care and Education Support 1
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5 Measuring temperature

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Figure 36 Comparing temperatures

Temperature tells us how hot or cold something is. You will see or hear temperatures mentioned in a weather forecast, and will also come across them in healthcare when measuring the temperature of patient.

Temperature is sometimes given in degrees Celsius and sometimes in degrees Fahrenheit.

Hint: You might sometimes see Celsius called ‘centigrade’. Note that Celsius and centigrade are the same thing, referring to the same scale of measurement.

Water freezes at 0° Celsius and boils at 100° Celsius. The temperature in the UK in the daytime is usually between 0° Celsius (0°C) on a cold winter’s day and 25° Celsius on a hot day in summer. A normal body temperature is round 37° Celsius. A patient has a fever when their body temperature increases to 38° Celsius or more. Hyperthermia is a serious medical condition where a person’s body temperature falls below 35° Celsius.

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