Science, Tech, Math › Science Converting Cubic Centimeters to Liters Share Flipboard Email Print Cultura/GIPhotoStock/Getty Images Science Chemistry Basics Chemical Laws Molecules Periodic Table Projects & Experiments Scientific Method Biochemistry Physical Chemistry Medical Chemistry Chemistry In Everyday Life Famous Chemists Activities for Kids Abbreviations & Acronyms Biology Physics Geology Astronomy Weather & Climate By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Chemistry Expert Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of Tennessee at Knoxville B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Hastings College Dr. Helmenstine holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and is a science writer, educator, and consultant. She has taught science courses at the high school, college, and graduate levels. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Updated July 08, 2019 This example problem demonstrates how to convert cubic centimeters to liters (cm3 to l). Cubic centimeters and liters are two metric units of volume. Cubic Centimeters To Liters Problem What is the volume in liters of a cube with sides of 25 centimeters? Solution First, find the volume of the cube.**Note** Volume of a cube = (length of side)3Volume in cm3 = (25 cm)3Volume in cm3 = 15625 cm3 Second, convert cm3 to ml1 cm3 = 1 mlVolume in ml = Volume in cm3Volume in ml = 15625 ml Third, convert ml to L1 L = 1000 ml Set up the conversion to cancel out the desired unit. In this case, we want L to be the remaining unit. volume in L = (volume in ml) x (1 L/1000 ml)volume in L = (15625/1000) Lvolume in L = 15.625 L Answer A cube with 25 cm sides contains 15.625 L of volume. Simple cm3 to L Conversion Example If you're lucky enough to have the original value already in cubic centimeters, conversion to liters is easy. Convert 442.5 cubic centimeters into liters. From the previous example, you should realize a cubic centimeter is the same volume as a milliliter, so: 442.5 cm3 = 442.5 ml From there, you just need to convert cm3 to liters. 1000 ml = 1 L Finally, convert the units. The 'trick' is to check the set-up of the conversion to make sure the ml units cancel out, leaving you with liters for the answer: volume in L = (volume in ml) x (1 L/1000 ml)volume in L = 442.5 ml x (1 L/1000 ml)volume in L = 0.4425 L Note: Whenever a volume (or any reported value) is less than 1, always add the leading zero before the decimal point to make the answer easier to read.