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How do you measure the volume of irregular solids?


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Answered 2010-08-12 12:13:15

You place it in water to see the volume of water it displaces.

Fill a large, graduated measuring cylinder to about halfway with water (say to 50mL)

Put the irregular solid in, and measure the volume it reads (solid + water). (say it reads 80mL)

So the volume of the irregular solid will be:

volume(solid+water) - volume(water).

For example, the volume of the water was 50mL, and when the solid was added, the volume increased to 80mL.

The volume of the solid would be 80mL - 50mL.

So it would be 30mL.

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