Measuring by DegreesDate: 06/16/2002 at 14:16:21 From: Kathy Milburn Subject: Angles, degrees and temperature Why is it that angles and temperature are both measured in degrees? Date: 06/17/2002 at 12:46:41 From: Doctor Peterson Subject: Re: Angles, degrees and temperature Hi, Kathy. You can get most of the answer by looking in a good dictionary. "Degree" comes from Latin "de" (down) + "gradus" (step). "Degrade", "graduation" and "gradual" ("by degrees") come from the same root. So any steps, or units, by which some change can be measured can be called a degree. That includes degrees of temperature, angle, complexity (of a polynomial), or even education (college degrees). It's really a very general word, and was even more so in earlier times. If you have any further questions, feel free to write back. - Doctor Peterson, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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