Units of Capacity

The fundemental unit for measuring capacity is the litre or liter.

There are also other units for measuring large and small quantities, the most common are:

kiloliter kl 1,000 l
hectoliter hl 100 l
decaliter dal 10 l
liter l 1 l
deciliter dl 0.1 l
centiliter cl 0.01 l
mililiter ml 0.001 l

The problem of converting units to other units becomes an issue of multiplying or dividing the unit by one followed by as many zeros as there are places between them on the table above.

50 hl flecha cl

In this case, multiply (because the hectolitre is greater than the centilitre) the unit by one followed by four zeros, since there are four places between both.

50 · 10,000 = 500,000 cl


2,587 cl flecha l

In this case, divide, (because the centilitre is smaller than the litre) the unit by one followed by two zeros, since there are two places between both.

2,587 : 100 = 25.87 l

Examples

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Convert to litres:

5 kl 5 hl 7 dal flecha 5,000 l + 500 l + 70 l = 5,570 l

3 l 2 cl 3 ml flecha 3 l + 0.02 l + 0.003 l = 3.023 l

25.56 dal + 526.9 dl flecha 255.6 l + 52.69 l = 308.29 l

53,600 ml + 9,830 cl flecha 53.6 l + 98.3 l = 151.9 l

1.83 hl + 9.7 dal + 3,700 cl flecha 183 l + 97 l + 37 l = 317 l