Conversion of Volume
If you want a quick conversion, try our Conversion
Charts, but if you want a deeper understanding, read on ....
Volume is Length by Width by Height
First, you should understand Conversion of Length. If you are comfortable
converting miles to kilometres, etc, then you are half way there.
To convert Volume, simply remember that volume is length by
width by depth:
Volume = Length × Width × Depth
So, you need to convert once for the length and once
again for the width and once more for the depth. It is
that easy:
Just do the length conversion three times.
Example 1
Convert 1 cubic yard into cubic feet.
Now, we know that three feet make a yard:
1 yd = 3 ft
So, the Length conversion is "multiply by 3".
And so the Volume Conversion must be to multiply by 3 and multiply
by 3 again and then multiply by 3 once again (ie once each for length, width and height)
Result is 3 × 3 × 3 = 27. There are
27 square feet in a sqare yard.
Try to count the 1 ft cubes below, and you will see why:
Example 2
Convert 30 cubic feet into cubic meters (30 ft^{3} to m^{3})
The conversion for feet to meters is:
1 ft = 0.3048 m
So, the length conversion is to multiply by 0.3048
And the Volume Conversion must be to multiply by 0.3048, and multiply
by 0.3048 and multiply by 0.3048 again:
30 × 0.3048 × 0.3048 × 0.3048
= 0.85
So, 30 ft^{3} = 0.85 m^{3}
