what does volume describe  what metric unit does volume use

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1. Describe Volume:

Volume describes the amount of space an object takes up, or the amount the amount of space inside a solid figure. Examples of solid figures are cubes, spherical balls, cylinders, pyramids, prisms. Another word that describes volume is capacity. 

2. What metric unit does volume use? 

The metric units of volume are :

  • Liters (l)
  • Milliliters (ml) - 1000ml = 1l

In the metric system other units are also used :

  • Cubic Centimeter `(cm^3)` : 
  • Cubic Meter `(m^3)` : `1m^3 = 1000l`

Now let's look at an example of how we calculate volume: 

If we look at the diagram attached, we have a rectangular prism. We are given that length (l) = 10cm, width (w) = 5cm and the height (h) = 7cm. Find the volume?  (Please note attached diagram is not drawn to scale) 

We are asked to find the volume, the amount of space the rectangular object can occupy. 

Mathematically we find the volume as follows: 

`V= l * w * h = 10 * 5 * 7 = 350 cm^3`

Summary: 

Volume describes the amount of space an object takes up, or the amount the amount of space inside a solid figure.

The metric units of volume are :

  • Liters (l)
  • Milliliters (ml) 

 

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