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### Converting Grams to Cubic Centimeters

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Date: 03/27/2002 at 01:28:20
From: Denise
Subject: Conversions

How do you convert grams to cubic centimeters, I don't know where to
start.
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Date: 03/27/2002 at 09:16:19
From: Doctor Rick
Subject: Re: Conversions

Hi, Denise.

You can't convert grams to cubic centimeters. Conversions go between
different units of the SAME MEASUREMENT. For instance, you can convert
grams to kilograms or to pounds, because these are all units of mass
(or "weight"). You can convert cubic centimeters to milliliters or to
gallons, because these are all units of volume or capacity. (In fact,
a cubic centimeter is the SAME UNIT as a milliliter.)

If you know the mass of something in grams and you need to find its
volume, you need additional information: the DENSITY of the material
whose mass you know. Density is mass per unit volume, measured in (for
instance) grams per cubic centimeter, so it resembles a conversion.
It's different, though, because the density is different for different
materials.

The metric system was defined such that a cubic centimeter of WATER
(under certain specific conditions of temperature and pressure) has a
mass of 1 gram. Many familiar materials (milk, or people, for
instance) are composed largely of water, so their density is very
close to that of water. Thus for many purposes, at least if high
accuracy is not needed, you can assume that 1 gram of such a substance
has a volume of 1 cubic centimeter (or 1 milliliter). Just beware:
this will not work with something like iron, and it's not very close
for gasoline.

- Doctor Rick, The Math Forum
http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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Middle School Terms/Units of Measurement

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