Pronunciation: /ˈvɒlyum/ ?

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Manipulative 1: Volume of a box. Created with GeoGebra.

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. D. Van Nostrand Company, 1908. (Accessed: 2010-01-02). http://www.archive.org/stream/mathengineer00kellrich#page/171/mode/1up/search/volume.
  2. volume. http://wordnet.princeton.edu/. WordNet. Princeton University. (Accessed: 2011-01-08). http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=volume&sub=Search+WordNet&o2=&o0=1&o7=&o5=&o1=1&o6=&o4=&o3=&h=.

More Information

  • Fogt, Robert. Volume Conversion. Online Conversion.com. 2009-03-12. http://www.onlineconversion.com/volume.htm.

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Volume. 2009-12-31. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/v/volume.html.


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

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