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The kelvin is the SI base unit of absolute temperature.

Its two reference points are:

$0 \ \mathrm K$, which is set at absolute zero, the temperature at which all thermal motion stops
$273 \cdotp 16 \ \mathrm K$, which is set at the triple point of water ($0.01 \cels$)

Conversion Factors

\(\ds \) \(\) \(\ds T \, \mathrm K\) Temperature in Kelvin
\(\ds \) \(=\) \(\ds T \cels + 273 \cdotp 15\) Temperature in Celsius


$\mathrm K$

The symbol for the kelvin is $\mathrm K$.

Note that, unlike the symbols for other temperature scales, there is no degree symbol used here: ${}^\circ \mathrm K$ is technically incorrect.

Its $\LaTeX$ code is \mathrm K .

Also see

Source of Name

This entry was named for Lord Kelvin.