# What is the volume of a solid measured in?

Sep 24, 2016

$\text{Cubic metres, litres, cubic centimetres, millilitres.}$

#### Explanation:

A $\text{cubic metre}$ is an impossibly large volume, and is equivalent to $1000 \cdot L$. A litre or a millilitre (${10}^{-} 3 \cdot L$) are the units most practising chemists would use. Sometimes you see $1 \cdot {\mathrm{dm}}^{3}$, $\equiv$ $1 \cdot L$.

And $1 \cdot {\mathrm{dm}}^{3}$ $=$ ${\left({10}^{-} 1 \cdot m\right)}^{3}$ $=$ ${10}^{-} 3 \cdot {m}^{3}$ $=$ $\frac{1}{1000} \cdot {m}^{3}$ $=$ $1 \cdot L$ as required.

And $1 \cdot c {m}^{3}$ $=$ ${\left({10}^{-} 2 \cdot m\right)}^{3}$ $=$ ${10}^{-} 6 \cdot {m}^{3}$ $=$ $\frac{1}{1000000} \cdot {m}^{3}$ $=$ $1 \cdot m L$ as required.

Of course we could go back to pints, and fluid ounces, and gallons, and bushels, and pecks, but you might not get many too many willing to support you.