The capacity of a container is the amount of liquid that it can hold. Capacity is the volume of liquids. Often the capacity of objects is given using terms like " five spoonfuls".
The metric system has a unit of capacity. It is the LITRE.
Units of Capacity
The basic unit in the metric system for capacity is the litre, symbol L. (Note this is a capital L.)
The most commonly used units are millilitres and litres.
There is an equivalent set of units for measuring volume. This is because containers havevolume and liquids fit in containers.
A container with a volume of 1 000 cm3 would hold one litre.
Note that 1 cm3 is sometimes written 1 cc.
Converting between Units
To convert between the units shown in bold in the first column and the units in the second column, multiply or divide by the factors indicated in the third column.
1. To change 8 litres into millilitres − multiply by 1 000.
2. To change 280 mL into L − divide by 1 000
3. To change 2.1 m3 into litres − multiply by 1 000