# Measuring Volume 1 - OCPS TeacherPress

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Measuring Volume
Volume of an object is a measure of the space occupied by the object
Volume is commonly measured in the following Metric units
Liter (L), milliliter (mL), cubic centimeter (cm3)
What are we measuring when we measure volume?
Amount of a liquid, space a solid occupies, displacement of a solid in a liquid, volume of a box (L x W x H), etc.
Tools and Instruments we use:
measuring tape
When scientists talk about how big something is, they are really talking about its volume, or the amount of space it
occupies or it takes up.
Measuring the volume of liquids we commonly use graduated cylinders, beakers, pipettes, and eye droppers in the lab.
Graduated cylinders are precise tools for measuring volume. Most graduated cylinders are marked in milliliters
(remember there are 1,000 milliliters in 1 liter).
Measuring volume of a solid we commonly use rulers, measuring tapes, or process of displacement. The volumes of
regular solids, such as spheres (balls) and rectangular prisms (blocks), can be determined by measuring their dimensions.
The volume of a solid is usually expressed in cubic centimeters (cm3). One cubic centimeter (cm3) is exactly the same
volume as 1 milliliter (mL).
Have you ever climbed into a tub and seen the water rise? The amount the water rises is related to your size—the bigger
you are, the more the water will rise. This method, called water displacement, can be used to measure volume of an
irregular solid.
Irregularly shaped solids
Water displacement is used to
measure the volume of oddly
shaped solids. Start by using a
graduated cylinder to fit the object
being measured. Fill the cylinder
with enough water to submerge
the object. When the object is placed in the water,
the water level will move. The volume of the object is equal to the difference between the starting and
ending water levels.
When measuring the volume of the marble, why is it better to use the 25-mL graduated cylinder than the 100-mL
A solid with a regular shape can be measured with a METRIC RULER by finding its length, width, and
height. The volume is calculated by multiplying these measurements together. If the length, width, and height
are measured in centimeters, then the unit will be cubic centimeters (cm3).
Example:
20 cm x 6 cm x 25 cm = 3000 cm3
Liquids
The volume of a liquid is measured in a GRADUATED CYLINDER. These tools come in a variety of sizes to