Calories To Gigajoules Conversion


1 cal = 0.0000000041868 GJ

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How to convert calories to gigajoules (cal to GJ)

The formula for converting calories to gigajoules is: GJ = cal × 0.0000000041868. To calculate the calorie value in gigajoules first substitute the calorie value into the preceding formula, and then perform the calculation. If we wanted to calculate 1 calorie in gigajoules we follow these steps:

GJ = cal × 0.0000000041868

GJ = 1 × 0.0000000041868

GJ = 0.0000000041868

In other words, 1 calorie is equal to 0.0000000041868 gigajoules.

Example Conversion

Let's take a look at an example. The step-by-step process to convert 4 calories to gigajoules is:

  1. Understand the conversion formula: GJ = cal × 0.0000000041868
  2. Substitute the required value. In this case we substitute 4 for cal so the formula becomes: GJ = 4 × 0.0000000041868
  3. Calculate the result using the provided values. In our example the result is: 4 × 0.0000000041868 = 0.0000000167472 GJ

In summary, 4 calories is equal to 0.0000000167472 gigajoules.

Converting gigajoules to calories

In order to convert the other way around i.e. gigajoules to calories, you would use the following formula: cal = GJ × 238845896.6275. To convert gigajoules to calories first substitute the gigajoule value into the above formula, and then execute the calculation. If we wanted to calculate 1 gigajoule in calories we follow these steps:

cal = GJ × 238845896.6275

cal = 1 × 238845896.6275

cal = 238845896.6275

Or in other words, 1 gigajoule is equal to 238845896.6275 calories.

Conversion Unit Definitions

What is a Calorie?

A calorie (cal) is a unit of energy commonly used in nutrition. It represents the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius (or one degree Kelvin). In the context of nutrition, the term "calorie" usually refers to a kilocalorie, which is equal to 1,000 calories in scientific terms.
The energy content of food and beverages is often measured in kilocalories, abbreviated as kcal or Cal (with an uppercase "C" to distinguish it from the smaller "cal" used in physics).
In scientific terms, 1 kilocalorie is equal to 4.184 kilojoules (kJ). The conversion factor between kilocalories (kcal) and kilojoules (kJ) is 1 kcal = 4.184 kJ.
In everyday language, when people refer to the number of calories in food, they are usually referring to kilocalories. For example, if a food label says a serving contains 200 calories, it means 200 kilocalories or 200,000 calories in scientific terms.

What is a Gigajoule?

A gigajoule (GJ) is a metric unit of energy in the International System of Units (SI). One gigajoule is equal to 1,000,000,000 joules or 1×109 joules. The prefix "giga-" signifies a factor of one billion, so a gigajoule represents a very large amount of energy.
Gigajoules are commonly used to measure significant amounts of energy in various contexts, especially in large-scale industries, energy production, and transportation sectors. For example, the energy content of fuels, the electricity consumption of cities, and the energy output of power plants are often expressed in gigajoules due to the large quantities involved.
To put it in perspective, one gigajoule is roughly equivalent to the energy content of about 26,000 liters of gasoline or the energy produced by burning approximately 24,000 pounds (about 11,000 kilograms) of coal.

Calories To Gigajoules Conversion Table

Below is a lookup table showing common calories to gigajoules conversion values.

Calorie (cal)Gigajoule (GJ)
1 cal0.0000000041868 GJ
2 cal0.0000000083736 GJ
3 cal0.0000000125604 GJ
4 cal0.0000000167472 GJ
5 cal0.000000020934 GJ
6 cal0.0000000251208 GJ
7 cal0.0000000293076 GJ
8 cal0.0000000334944 GJ
9 cal0.0000000376812 GJ
10 cal0.000000041868 GJ
11 cal0.0000000460548 GJ
12 cal0.0000000502416 GJ
13 cal0.0000000544284 GJ

Other Common Calorie Conversions

Below is a table of common conversions from calories to other energy units.

1 calorie in ergs41868000 erg
1 calorie in joules4.1868 J
1 calorie in kilojoules0.0041868 kJ
1 calorie in megajoules0.0000041868 MJ
1 calorie in kilocalories0.001 kcal
1 calorie in megacalories0.000001 Mcal
1 calorie in watt hours0.0011622222 Wh
1 calorie in kilowatt hours0.0000011622222 kWh
1 calorie in watt seconds4.1868 Ws
1 calorie in btus0.0039652608749183 Btu
1 calorie in electron volts26131952590564000000 eV