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Metric Volume

Volume – the amount of space an object takes up

Liter (L) – the basic unit of volume in the metric system and is represented by an uppercase L (or lowercase l).

Standard:  One liter is equal to one cubic decimeter (the volume of a cube 10 cm on each side).


Metric Units
Liter (L)
Milliliter (mL)

1 Liter = 1000 milliliters
1 milliliter = 1 cm^3 (or cubic centimeter) = 1 gram of water

Instruments Used
Graduated Cylinder  graduated cylinder

Beaker  beaker

Two Ways To Measure Volume:
1.  Water Displacement Method
Ending Volume – Starting Volume = Volume of Object

Meniscus – name of the curve you see at the top of a liquid in a cylinder.  Always measure the water in a graduated cylinder at the meniscus (bottom) of the curve:

2.  Volume Formula
Volume of a regular solid = Length x Width x Height

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