Volume of Basic Figures

In this lesson I will teach you how to find the volume of basic figures.  Just to be clear, volume is much different than area and surface area.  Let’s look at a shoe box to help us make the differences clear.  If you wanted to put a card board insert into the bottom of the box – that would be area.  Now, if you wanted to wrap up the box as a gift the amount of wrapping paper to accomplish this would be surface area. Finally, if you wanted to know how much water you could put inside the box – this would be volume.  As in other lessons on on area we will be using lots of formulas.  Hence, make sure you understand what all the variables of the formulas stand for and keep a close eye on units of measure.  One last thing, make sure to use a calculator as there will be lots of number crunching in volume problems.