Names and Uses of 10 Gases

10 Examples of Gas

Helium keeps balloons afloat. frankieleon/flickr

A gas is a form of matter that does not have a defined shape or volume. Gases can consist of a single element, such as hydrogen gas (H2); they may also be a compound such as carbon dioxide (CO2) or even a mixture of several gases such as air.

Example Gases

Here is a list of 10 gases and their uses:

  1. Oxygen (O2): medical use, welding
  2. Nitrogen (N2): fire suppression, provides inert atmosphere
  3. Helium (He): balloons, medical equipment 
  1. Argon (Ar): welding, provides inert atmosphere for materials
  2. Carbon dioxide (CO2): carbonated soft drinks
  3. Acetylene (C2H2): welding 
  4. Propane (C3H8): fuel for heat, gas grills
  5. Butane (C4H10): fuel for lighters and torches
  6. Nitrous oxide (N2O): propellant for whipped topping, anesthesia 
  7. Freon (various chlorofluorocarbons): coolant for air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers

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Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Names and Uses of 10 Gases." ThoughtCo, Jan. 10, 2018, Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. (2018, January 10). Names and Uses of 10 Gases. Retrieved from Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Names and Uses of 10 Gases." ThoughtCo. (accessed May 20, 2018).