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Topic: average temperature
Replies: 7   Last Post: May 23, 1995 12:56 PM

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 Tad Watanabe Posts: 442 Registered: 12/6/04
Re: average temperature
Posted: May 9, 1995 9:18 PM

Well, I have received about 6 replies on this question. It seems like
the "official" way of determining average temperature is simply to take
the mean of high and low temp. of the day (or mid-range).

Towson State University
Towson, Maryland

On Tue, 9 May 1995, Dr. Susan Addington wrote:

> Someone answered a while ago that the average daily temperature
> is the average of 24 hourly temperatures. This may be how it
> is calculated, but it isn't quite right.
>
> Suppose you are in a new building with state-of-the-art
> heating and cooling controlled by a computer. Because the
> bugs aren't out of the system yet, your office is heated to 90 degrees
> all the time except just before the hour, when the air conditioning
> kicks in and reduces the temperature to 50 degrees just in time
> for the hour to strike. Then the office is rapidly heated back to 90
> degrees.
>
> Suppose you measure the temperature on the hour for your
> average temperature. Will this give you a reasonable average
> daily temperature? Why? What would be a better way?
> Have I given enough information to really compute the average
> temperature?
>
> (Hint: the best average temperature calculation uses ideas
> from calculus.)
>
> Math Department, California State University
> San Bernardino, CA 92407
> World Wide Web: http://www.math.csusb.edu/
>
>
> On Tue, 9 May 1995, Ronald A Ward wrote:
>

> > In Bellingham, WA the temperature remains a constant 20 degrees Celsius all
> > day and night, 365 days per year, so the calculation of the average is
> > quite simple. :)
> >
> > Guess Who?
> >
> > On Thu, 4 May 1995, Tad Watanabe wrote:
> >

> > >
> > > Could someone tell me how the average daily temperature is calculated?
> > >
> > > Thanks.
> > >
> > > Towson State University
> > > Towson, Maryland
> > >
> > >

> >
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