Pronunciation: /ˈvɒlyum/ Explain

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Volume is the amount of space enclosed in a solid.[1] Volume is measured in cubic units. The term cubic comes from the word cube. The volume of a box, also called a rectangular prism, is calculated as V=l*w*h.

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Volume Formulas
Rectangular prismV=l*w*h
Table 1


  1. Keller, Samuel Smith. Mathematics for Engineering Students, Plane and Solid Geometry. pg 171. www.archive.org. D. Van Nostrand Company. 1908. Last Accessed 1/2/2010. http://www.archive.org/stream/mathengineer00kellrich#page/171/mode/1up/search/volume. Buy the book

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  • Fogt, Robert. Volume Conversion. Online Conversion.com. 3/12/2009. http://www.onlineconversion.com/volume.htm.

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McAdams, David E. Volume. 5/5/2011. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/v/volume.html.

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12/31/2009: Added "References". (McAdams, David E.)
11/21/2008: Initial version. (McAdams, David E.)

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