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# What is the metric unit of measure for the volume of a solid?

**Cubic centimeters is the correct unit for measuring the volume of a solid.** By contrast, liters are the correct units for measuring the volume of a liquid. For substances such as water, with a specific gravity of 1, each cubic centimeter of the liquid is equal to 1 milliliter of the liquid. However, most liquids have different specific gravities, so this relationship is not universal.

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An individual can determine the volume of regular solids by multiplying their height in centimeters by their length in centimeters by their width in centimeters. For instance, a cube that is 10 centimeters long, 10 centimeters tall and 10 centimeters wide contains a volume of 1,000 cubic centimeters.

To measure the volume of an irregularly shaped object, water displacement is an effective technique. By placing an object in a graduated cylinder with a known quantity of water, the rise in the level of water indicates the volume of the object. For example, if a small rock is placed in a cylinder with 50 cubic centimeters of water, and the water rises to the 100 cubic centimeter mark, it means the rock displaced 50 cubic centimeters of water, and therefore has a volume of 50 cubic centimeters.

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