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### British Thermal Units

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Date: 7/8/96 at 21:43:5
From: Anonymous
Subject: British Thermal Units

What is the formula for converting BTU?

I need to provide this information in relation to keeping a room
of electronic equipment cool.
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Date: 7/9/96 at 5:13:19
From: Doctor Pete
Subject: Re: British Thermal Units

If you would like conversion factors, here are a few useful ones:

1 BTU = 1055.05585262  Joules
= 0.251995761111 kcal

This is the standard value of a BTU - it's the amount of heat required to
raise the temperature of one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit at or near
39.2 degrees Fahrenheit.

One reader, Daniel Thibault <Daniel.Thibault@drev.dnd.ca>, says:

The U.S. frequently uses (in the natural gas industry, for example)
the so-called 59 degree BTU, which is defined as 1054.804 J.

-Doctors Pete and Ken,  The Math Forum
Check out our web site!  http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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