The volume of an object can be calculated geometrically using mathematical equations or by measuring liquid displacement.
In the experiment below you will measure the volume of a cube using the formula V=(side)x(side)x(side) and by using a graduated cylinder to measure liquid displacement.
Case I. Finding volume geometrically.
What is the volume of the metal cube shown here (to the nearest tenth of a cm)?
Case II. Measuring Volume using a graduated cylinder.
It is also possible to find the volume of an object by measuring the volume of water that it displaces.
What will happen when we lower the above metal block slowly into a graduated cylinder containing water?
What was the amount of water displaced by the object?
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