Units of Measure

The United States is one place that does not use the metric system. Instead, we use the Imperial measurement system and measure things in units of pounds, ounces, feet, inches, etc.

Temperature measurements are where you will most frequently notice the difference in the two systems. The Imperial system measures temperature using the Fahrenheit system while the metric system uses Celsius (previously known as Centigrade). The mathematical formulas to convert temperature are:

  • Fahrenheit to Celsius: (⁰ F – 32) ÷ 1.8 = ⁰ C
  • Celsius to Fahrenheit: (⁰ C × 1.8) + 32 = ⁰ F

Of course, technology can make conversions between different units of measurement much simpler. Here are some useful links to help you convert temperature and measurements:

There are also apps for iPhone and Android that you can download and keep on your phone.