# What is the ideal gas constant for butane?

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Mar 27, 2014

You will choose the R value based off of the units for the known quantities in the problem.

You will have values or be looking for values for:

V - may be in mL for a lab (be sure to convert to L)

T - Kelvin (convert to Kelvin if given Celsius or Fahrenheit)

n = moles

P = Pressure (atm, mmHg, Torr, kPa...)

The key is usually pressure.

For P in atm use R = 0.082057 atmL/molK

For P in kPa use R = 8.31446 kPaL/mol

For P in mmHg or Torr use R = 62.36367 mmHgL/molK

See the similarities in all of these? Just the pressure is different.

If the problem you are working on provides different units for the quantities, you can look up other R values here