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Newton scale

Newton scale conversion formulas
Conversion from to Formula
Kelvin Newton °N = (K − 273.15) x 33/100
Newton Kelvin K = (°N x 100/33) + 273.15
Celsius Newton °N = °C x 33/100
Newton Celsius °C = °N x 100/33
Fahrenheit Newton °N = (°F − 32) x 11/60
Newton Fahrenheit °F = °N x 60/11 + 32
Note that for temperature intervals rather than temperature readings,
1 °N = 100/33 K and 1 °N = 60/11 °F
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The Newton scale is a temperature scale devised by Isaac Newton around 1700. Applying his mind to the problem of heat, he elaborated a first qualitative temperature scale, comprising about twenty reference points ranging from "cold air in winter" to "glowing coals in the kitchen fire". This approach was rather crude and problematical, so Newton quickly became dissatisfied with it. He knew that most substances expand when heated, so he took a container of linseed oil and measured its change of volume against his reference points. He found that the volume of linseed oil grew by 7.25% when heated from the temperature of melting snow to that of boiling water.

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After a while, he defined the "zeroth degree of heat" as melting snow and "33 degrees of heat" as boiling water. His scale is thus a precursor of the Celsius scale, being defined by the same temperature references. Indeed it is likely that Celsius knew about the Newton scale when he invented his. Newton called his instrument a "thermometer".

Thus the unit of this scale, the Newton degree, equals \tfrac{100}{33} of a Kelvin or a degree Celsius and has the same zero as the Celsius scale.

See also


  • U. Grigull. Newton's temperature scale and the law of cooling. Heat and Mass Transfer ISSN 0947-7411 (Print) 1432-1181 (Online) Volume 18, Number 4 / December, 1984 DOI 10.1007/BF01007129 Pp. 195-199.
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