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Capacity or Volume

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**Capacity is a measure of volume**

The volume of a solid object is the amount of space it takes up If the object is hollow, the volume is the amount of space inside it

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**When you buy liquids like gasoline, the amount that you buy is measured in liters.**

A liter of gas costs about $1.00

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Bath Time This tub will hold about 50 liters of water

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**Small amounts of liquid are measured in milliliters**

A teaspoon holds 5 milliliters A cup holds about 250 milliliters 4 cups would make a liter

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**A bottle of water usually contains 750 milliliters**

Sometimes it says 75 cl on the bottle. This means 75 centiliters. There are 100 centiliters in a liter.

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**Estimate the capacity of these containers**

500 milliliters 250 milliliters

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Try these … 2 liters 100 liters

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How about these? 10 milliliters 500 milliliters (half a liter)

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and finally … 550 ml 5 ml

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Smoothies are popular How many milliliters of juice do you think this fruit would make?

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**Practice makes perfect**

When you pick up a container at home, try and estimate its capacity. Then check to see how accurate your estimation was.

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