What Does a Cubic Meter Measure?

The cubic meter is the measurement used for volume. This volume is found by using a cube that has its length, width and depth each equal to 1.0 meter. To find the volume of this cube, these three measurements are multiplied together to find the volume of 1.0 m3.

Because all three sides of a cube have equal measurements, the volume can be given as B x B x B, or B3, where B is any side length. Although the side length of B may be given in meters, it can also be given in other measurements, such as centimeters or millimeters. In these cases, the volume is given cubic centimeters or cubic millimeters, respectively.

The cubic meter is the unit of volume in the metric measurement system. One cubic meter is also equal to 1,000 liters.