Tools and Units to Measure Capacity
Lesson
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Liquids, salts, or anything that can be poured into containers can be measured using various containers. The volume of a container that is filled with a liquid or solid is often called its capacity.

Various tools can be used to measure capacity.  Eyedroppers, cups, liter bottles,  graduated cylinders, and beakers are just a few types of containers that can be used to measure capacity.

Capacity is the amount a container can hold. It is usually measured in units such as gallons, quarts, pints, cups, fluid ounces, liters, and milliliters.

Customary

8 fl oz = 1 cup
2 cups = 1 pint
2 pints = 1 quart
2 quarts = 1/2 gallon
4 quarts = 1 gallon

Metric

The milliliter (mL) is a metric unit used to measure the capacities of small containers.

The liter (L) is equal to 1,000 mL, so it is used to measure the capacities of larger containers.

Now, let's decide which units should be used to measure the capacity of each item.

  • baby aspirin - milliliter
  • glass of milk - cup
  • bottle of water - quart
  • orange juice - half gallon
  • large soda - liter
  • gasoline - gallon

 

Let's practice

 
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