How to Calculate the Volume of a Cylinder by the Weight of Water

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How to Calculate the Volume of a Cylinder by the Weight of Water
Use water weight to find volume. (cylinder image by Hubert from Fotolia.com)

Finding volume of a cylindrical container might lie as close as a kitchen scale. Use the density of water to determine the amount of water held in a cylinder. The water amount equals the volume of the cylinder. Opt for the metric system because scientists around the world use those measurements.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Cylindrical container
  • Kitchen scale with grams
  • Water
  • Density of water value (1g/ 1 millilitre)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Set the container on the scale find the mass (weight) of the cylinder.

  2. 2

    Add water into the container on the scale to fill it to the top, and write the mass (weight) of the water and cylinder.

  3. 3

    Subtract the empty cylinder mass from the weight of the water and cylinder. For an example, suppose an empty cylinder weighs 10g and the water and cylinder weigh 25g. Subtract 10g from 25g to find: 25g -- 10g = 15g.

  4. 4

    Divide the mass (weight) of the water by the density of water, which equals 1g per 1ml, to find the volume of the cylinder. For the example, 15g divided by 1 = 15ml for the volume of the cylinder.

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