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 May 5th, 2017, 05:40 PM #1 Senior Member     Joined: Nov 2010 From: Indonesia Posts: 1,991 Thanks: 132 Math Focus: Trigonometry {ASK} About Hot and Cold What is 4 times hotter than -4 degrees Celsius? A. -16 degrees Celsius B. -1 degrees Celsius C. 12 degrees Celsius D. 16 degrees Celsius Last edited by skipjack; May 6th, 2017 at 05:17 AM.
 May 5th, 2017, 05:54 PM #2 Math Team   Joined: Oct 2011 From: Ottawa Ontario, Canada Posts: 12,751 Thanks: 860 Obviously A. Is this a trick question Mr.Fly?
 May 5th, 2017, 06:03 PM #3 Senior Member     Joined: Nov 2010 From: Indonesia Posts: 1,991 Thanks: 132 Math Focus: Trigonometry I am tricked by my own question. I thought I would just need to multiply by 4, but isn't -16 degrees colder than -4 degrees?
 May 5th, 2017, 06:08 PM #4 Math Team   Joined: Oct 2011 From: Ottawa Ontario, Canada Posts: 12,751 Thanks: 860 ....-16 -12 -8 -4 0 4 8 12 16......>getting hotter! No thermometers in Indonesia?
 May 5th, 2017, 06:13 PM #5 Math Team   Joined: Dec 2013 From: Colombia Posts: 7,327 Thanks: 2451 Math Focus: Mainly analysis and algebra 4 Celsius = 277.15 Kelvin. So four times hotter is 1108.6 Kelvin = 835.45 Celsius. Thanks from romsek
May 5th, 2017, 06:19 PM   #6
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 Originally Posted by v8archie 4 Celsius = 277.15 Kelvin. So four times hotter is 1108.6 Kelvin = 835.45 Celsius.
and 803.45 for -4 degC

 May 5th, 2017, 06:24 PM #7 Math Team   Joined: Dec 2013 From: Colombia Posts: 7,327 Thanks: 2451 Math Focus: Mainly analysis and algebra Oh yeah.
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 Originally Posted by romsek and 803.45 for -4 degC
That escalated quickly.

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 Originally Posted by Monox D. I-Fly That escalated quickly.
the thing is you could make some other temperature scale, just as valid, with smaller increments. Then "4 times" as hot would result in a smaller absolute temperature difference.

So the question isn't really meaningful.

 May 5th, 2017, 07:22 PM #10 Senior Member     Joined: Nov 2010 From: Indonesia Posts: 1,991 Thanks: 132 Math Focus: Trigonometry So the "true" answer is -1 degrees Celsius? Last edited by skipjack; May 6th, 2017 at 05:18 AM.

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