A graduated cylinder is used to measure liquid volume. The unit is the milliliter (mL). To use a graduated cylinder, you must remember the following:

For example:
15 – 10 = 5 (subtract the values of two adjacent labeled graduations

5/5= 1 (divide by the number of intervals between them)

So each graduation on the cylinder is 1 mL

You Try!

Determine the volume. Remember to determine what the scale increment is first and then read from the bottom of the meniscus.

Interactive exercise. Assistance may be required.

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