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# What is the amount of space an object takes up?

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The amount of space an object occupies is its volume. Volume is not always a fixed measurement. For any given object, volume is likely varies depending on pressure and temperature.

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Usually volume is not directly measured, but rather derived by multiplying length times depth times width. The volume of an irregularly shaped object derives through displacement, or dropping it in water and measuring how much water it displaces.

Objects subjected to high pressure or low temperature tend to have a smaller volume, while heated objects tend to have a larger volume. Travel in space or the deep ocean must account for this, as the enormous difference in pressure inside versus outside a space ship or submarine can cause the vehicle to explode or implode.

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To calculate the volume of any space, measure the length, width and height of the room. Multiply the length by the width and then by the height. Measuring the volume of non-rectangular rooms is a bit more complicated, requiring the division of the room into measurable sections.

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The water displacement method is the process of measuring the volume of an irregularly shaped object by immersing it in water. This method served as the basis for the principle developed by the Greek philosopher Archimedes.

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To calculate volume in liters, measure the dimensions of the object in centimeters, calculate the volume in cubic centimeters, and convert the volume to liters. The project requires a metric ruler. A calculator reduces the time to complete the calculations and the chances of a math error.