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Changing Metric Units of Volume

Before knowing about the metric units of volume first of all we will come to know what a metric measurement is:

Metric units Measurements:


The International system of units is considered as the modern form of metric measurements. This is a type of system generally devised around the convenience of number 10. This is the most widely used measurements in the modern day science and commerce.

The older metric system consists of several groups of units. The SI was developed in 1960 from the old meter – kilogram – second system, which in turn has a few variants.

This system is nearly universally employed one, The United Kingdom has officially adapted the universal system of units but not with the intention of replacing customary measures entirely.

Now we will see what are different types of units available in the metric system:

  1. Importance & Types Of units.
  2. Units Of length.
  3. Units of area.
  4. Units of Liquid Volume.
  5. Units of Volume.
  6. Units of mass

But for now in this topic we are going to discuss only about the metric units of volume

These can be shown in the following child pages.

Importance of Units

In the metric system of measurement, designations of multiples and sub-divisions of any unit may be arrived at by combining with the name of the unit the prefixes deka, hecto, and kilo meaning, respectively, 10, 100, and 1000, and deci, centi, and milli, meaning, respectively, one-tenth, one-hundredth, and one-thousandth. In some of the following metric tables, some such multiples and sub-divisions have not been included for the reason that these have little, if any currency in actual usage.

In certain cases, particularly in scientific usage, it becomes convenient to provide for multiples larger than 1 000 and for subdivisions smaller than one-thousandth.

Units of Volume

There are two different types of metrics are there in the metric units of volume.They are :

  1. Liquid units of Volume.
  2. Solid Units Of Volume

The metric system has prefix modifiers that are multiples of 10.

  1. A kiloliter is 1000 liters
  2. A hectoliter is 100 liters
  3. A decaliter is 10 liters
  4. A liter is the basic unit of volume
  5. A deciliter is 1/10 liter
  6. A centiliter is 1/100 liter
  7. A milliliter is 1/1000 liter

As we move down the units, the next unit is one tenth as large. As we move upward, each unit is 10 times as large. One hundred milliliters, which is 1/10 liter (100/1000=1/10) are larger than one centiliter (1/100th liter).

Now we are going to see about these measurements,

Liquid Units of Measurements

The basic metric liquid measurement is a Liter. A CC, or a cubic centimeter is 1/1000 liter. A milliliter is also called a cubic centimeter.

Liter for the metric system.And cubic meter as the SI unit of volume.

Now we are going to see all these in a tabular format.

The standard unit of volume in the metric system is the liter. One liter is equal to 1000 cubic centimeters in volume. Other units of volume and their equivalents in liters are as follows:

1 milliliter = 0.001 liter
1 centiliter = 0.01 liter
1 deciliter = 0.1 liter
1 kiloliter = 1000 liters

Units of Liquid Volume

10 milliliters (mL)

= 1 centiliter (cL)

10 centiliters

= 1 deciliter (dL) = 100 milliliters

10 deciliters

= 1 liter= 1000 milliliters

10 liters

= 1 dekaliter (daL)

10 dekaliters

= 1 hectoliter (hL) = 100 liters

10 hectoliters

= 1 kiloliter (kL) = 1000 liter

So this tabular form clearly depicts the liquid volume measurement are completely on liters.

Solid or Dry Volume Measurements

The basic metric Solid measurement is a centimeter. A CC, or a cubic centimeter is 1/1000 liter. A milliliter is also called a cubic centimeter.

Liter for the metric system.

And cubic meter as the SI unit of volume.

Now we are going to see all these in a tabular format.

From these units, we see that 1000 milliliters equal 1 liter; so 1 milliliter equals 1 cubic centimeter in volume. We symbolize these volumes as follows:

1 milliliter = 1 ml
1 centiliter = 1 cl
1 deciliter = 1 dl
1 liter = 1 l
1 kiloliter = 1 kl

Units Of Dry Volume

1000 cubic millimeters (mm3)

= 1 cubic centimeter (cm3)

1000 cubic centimeters

= 1 cubic decimeter (dm3)

= 1 000 000 cubic millimeters

1000 cubic decimeters

= 1 cubic meter (m3)

= 1 000 000 cubic centimeters

= 1 000 000 000 cubic millimeters