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The universal constant R
According to the equipartition principle, at a temperature T, the average molar energy of each quadratic term in the expression for the energy is (1/2)RT; as a consequence, the translational contribution to the molar heat capacity of a gas at constant volume is (3/2)R; the rotational contribution of a linear molecule is R. See Kinetic theory of matter
Largely because R is related to the Boltzmann constant, it appears in a wide variety of contexts, including properties unrelated to gases. Thus, it occurs in Boltzmann's formula for the molar entropy of any substance, Eq. (3),