How to Find the Volume of 3D Solids  The Basics
Lesson Objective
This lesson is an introduction to the basic ideas on how to find the volume of 3D solids. Here, we will be using a rectangular solid and a cylinder as examples.
About This Lesson
After familiarizing with surface area, it is time to learn about the volume of solids. As an introduction, we will be learning on how to find the volume of the following solids:
 Rectangular Solid
 Cylinder
Also, this lesson emphasizes on getting the unit for volume correctly.
The study tips and math video below will explain more.
Study Tips
Tip #1  Rectangular Solid
To find the volume (V) of a rectangular solid, we just multiply the width (W), length (L) and height (H) of the solid together as shown below:
The math video below will explain this further...
Tip #2  Cylinder
Now, to find the volume (V) of a cylinder, you just need to multiply the area of the base (πR^{2}) with the height (H) together. This formula is shown below:
The symbol, π, is just a number that is approximately equals to ^{22}/_{7} or 3.142.
The math video below will explain this further...
Tip #3  Unit for Volume
It is important to get the unit for volume correctly. Here are some pointers:

First, make sure all the units are the same
Let's say that the width, length and height of a rectangular solid are given as:
Width (W) = 20mm
Length (L) = 5cm
Height (H) = 3cm
Notice that the width has a different unit compared to the length and height? Now, we have to make these units the same by either changing all of them to mm or cm.
Since 10mm is equals to 1cm, 20mm must be equals to 2cm. Hence, we have:
Width (W) = 2cm
Length (L) = 5cm
Height (H) = 3cm
We can now calculate the volume since the units are now the same.

Next, understand what unit^{3} (cubic unit) means
Now, after ensuring the units are the same, we can calculate the volume, V below:
Notice the cm^{3} (cubic centimeter) above? This 'cubic' comes about because we multiplied the three lengths that are in cm. If W, L and H are in feet (ft), the unit for volume will be ft^{3} (cubic feet). Generally speaking, unit^{3} is the unit for volume where the unit can be mm, cm, m, feet, km, miles etc.
The math video below will explain this further...
Math Video
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In this lesson, we will learn the basics ideas on how to find the volume of solid.
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To explain the basics, we will be using a rectangular solid, and a cylinder as examples.
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Now, consider this rectangle with a width of W centimeter, and the length of L centimeter.
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By now, we should know that the Area A, of this rectangle is W multiply L.
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Since we are multiplying 2 lengths with unit centimeter, the unit for the area will be square centimeter.
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Hence, the area of this rectangle is WL square centimeter.
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Next, let's change this rectangle into a rectangular solid. Observe that, this rectangular solid now have a width of W centimeter, length of L centimeter, and the height of H centimeter.
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Notice that, this solid is occupying certain amount of space, and the amount of space occupied is called Volume, V.
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Now, how to find the volume of this rectangular solid? We just need to multiply the area. A, with the height, H.
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Hence, by multiplying W, L and H, we get the volume of this rectangular solid as WLH.
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Now, this volume WLH will only makes sense, if we include the unit for it.
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Here's how. Since we are multiplying these 3 lengths with the unit centimeter together, the unit for this volume will be cubic centimeter.
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Hence, the volume of this rectangular solid will be WLH cubic cm.
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Next, let's learn on how to find the volume of a cylinder.
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Consider this circle, with the radius R inches.
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By now, we should know that the Area, A of this circle is PI r square.
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Since the radius is in inches, the unit for the area of this circle will be square inch.
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Hence, the area of this circle is pi r square, square inch.
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Now, let's change the circle into a cylinder.
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After doing so, this cylinder has the radius of R inches, and the height of H inches.
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Notice that, this cylinder occupies certain amount of space. The amount of space occupied is the volume, V.
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How to find the volume of this cylinder? To do so, we just need to multiply the area, A with the height, H. Hence, multiplying pi R square with H gives, pi R square H.
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Now, this pi R square H only makes sense, if we include the unit for it.
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Here's how. Since we are multiplying R square with H, notice that, this is actually multiplying 3 lengths with the unit inch together.
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This will give the unit for this volume as, cubic inch.
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Hence, the volume this cylinder will be πR2H cubic in.
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That is all for this lesson. Try out the practice question to further your understanding.
Practice Questions & More
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
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You can start by going through the series of questions on how to find the volume of solids or pick your choice of question below.
 Question 1 on how to find the volume of a rectangular solid
 Question 2 on how to find the volume of a cylinder
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