Liter Cube

A cubic decimeter/cubic centimeter block illustrates the squaring and cubing of linear conversion factors. 

Curriculum Notes 

This demo is usually used when derived units are being discussed at the beginning of an intro chemistry course. Allow about 5 minutes for this demo.

Lead Time 
One day of lead time is required for this project.

Linear conversion factors are squared for area conversions and cubed for volume conversions.


Liter Cube 


Use the block to show that there are 100 square centimeters in a square decimeter and 1000 cubic centimeters in a cubic decimeter. The Liter Cube can be passed around the classroom.

Safety Precautions 

Choking hazard for small children.


© Copyright 2012 Email: Randy Sullivan, University of Oregon Chemistry Department and UO Libraries Interactive Media Group