Converting from Celsius to Fahrenheit requires knowing the conversion formula as well as having the ability to perform some basic algebra. The conversion formula is Tc = (5/9) x (Tf - 32), where Tc equals degrees Celsius and Tf equals degrees Fahrenheit.
- Insert known information
Begin by inserting the information you were given into the conversion formula. This is the degrees in Celsius. After doing so, your problem should look like this: 36 = (5/9) x (Tf - 32). Now, you must use some algebra to solve the problem.
- Multiply each side by 9/5
You must move everything located on the right side of the equation to the left until Tf is isolated. Start by clearing 5/9. To do this, you must multiply each side by the reciprocal. Remember that everything you do to one side of the equation must also be done to the other side of the equation. Write it out like this: (9/5)(36) = (9/5)(5/9) x (Tf - 32). On the right side of the equation, the fractions cancel each other out and reduce to 1. The 1 can be neglected from this point. On the left side of the equation, complete the math. Your problem after this step looks like this: 64.8 = Tf - 32
- Add 32 to each side
The final step requires you to clear 32 on the right side of the equation. This can be accomplished by adding it to both sides of the equation. It will look like this: 64.8 = Tf - 32 + 32. It cancels on the right because it is reduced to zero. On the left, add the two numbers together and you are left with 96.8, which is your answer in degrees Fahrenheit.