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Chapter 7. Regular Polygons: It's All Sh... > Is 3 cubic meters of water a lot or ... - Pg. 278

how much water? Is 3 cubic meters of water a lot or a little? Typical engineer. Instead of giving you the amount of water in terms of a measure that might actually make some sense, like cups or spoonfuls or gallons, he's talking about cubic meters. So, how much is 3 cubic meters of water? A bathful? A pondful? A swimming poolful? Let's start by think about what just 1 cubic meter actually is: Width 1m Volume of a cube = length x width x depth Cubic meter = 1m x 1m x 1m = 1m 3 Depth 1m A cube-shaped container with length, width, and depth all of one meter holds exactly one cubic meter of water. So 3 cubic meters of water is the volume of water you could store in three of those one meter cubes: Length 1m 1m 1m 1m 3 cubic meters = 1m 1m + 1m 1m + 1m 1m 278 Chapter 7