Asked Oct 1, 2019

Discuss: Why is it not completely correct to describe volume as “length times width times height”? What is a better way to describe what volume means? Give some examples as part of your discussion, using different units of volume.

Beckmann, Sybilla. Mathematics for Elementary Teachers with Activities, (p. 504). Pearson Education. Kindle Edition.


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 The formula of volume as “length times width times height” is applicable only in case of a rectangular solid. Since volume is defined as the amount of three-dimensional spaces enclosed in an object therefore, volume as “length times width times height” is just a formula and it cannot be used to calculate volume.

Step 2

The measure of how much space an object can take place is defined as volume. It is the quantity of three-dimensional space occupied by a liquid, solid or gas.Common units used to express volume include litres, cubic meters, gallons, millilitres, teaspoons and ounces.The volume for a liquid is measured in litres, gallons, pints and millilitres and for solid...

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