Tools and Units to Measure Capacity Lesson Topic Index | Grade 6 Math | Intermediate Test Prep | StudyZone

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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