UNIT 1.1 Volume Measurement

  1. Thomas Davis,
  2. Andrew Zanella

Published Online: 1 OCT 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470089941.et0101s00

Current Protocols Essential Laboratory Techniques

Current Protocols Essential Laboratory Techniques

How to Cite

Davis, T. and Zanella, A. 2008. Volume Measurement. Current Protocols Essential Laboratory Techniques. 00:1.1:1.1.1–1.1.15.

Author Information

  1. Joint Science Department, Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges, Claremont, California

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 OCT 2008
  2. Published Print: JAN 2008

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This unit describes the common types of volumetric apparatus used in the life science laboratory, their use, and care. When an experimenter needs to prepare solutions of accurate concentrations and to transfer quantitatively samples of liquid from one container to others, an array of glassware and plasticware is available for these operations ranging from a microliter to a liter in volume. Considerations of temperature, solvent compatibility, and safety also need to be taken into account.


  • volume;
  • pipettor;
  • micropipettor;
  • pipet;
  • volumetric flask;
  • tolerance;
  • reproducibility