# 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 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 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

Convert to litres:

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

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

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

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

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