# What units should we use for volume?

Jan 17, 2014

Chemists typically use units called liters (L).

#### Explanation:

The SI unit for volume is the cubic meter.

However, this is too large a unit for convenient everyday use.

When chemists measure volumes of liquid, they typically use units called liters (L).

The liter is not an SI unit, but it is permitted by SI.

1 L is equivalent to 1 ${\text{dm}}^{3}$ or 1000 ${\text{cm}}^{3}$.

1 L is equal to 1000 mL. This means that 1 mL is equal to 1 ${\text{cm}}^{3}$.