Thermodynamics of Hell.....Mid-term Exam Answer

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    Frannie Banannie


    The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry mid term. The answer by one student was "so profound" that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well.

    Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?

    Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law,(gas cools off when it expands and heats up when it is compressed) or some variant. One student, however, wrote the following:

    First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time.

    So we need to know the rate that souls are moving into Hell and the rate they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it

    will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Some of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there are more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added. This gives two possibilities:

    1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.

    2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.

    So which is it? If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year, "...that it will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you," and take into account the fact that I still have not succeeded in having sexual relations with her, then #2 cannot be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and will not freeze.

    The student received the only "A" given.

  • Undecided

    That guy was smart as well as funny.

    Ken P.

  • Frannie Banannie
    Frannie Banannie

    LOL, Ken! A genius with a sense of humor....gotta luv him...

    Frannie B

  • smack

    thats a real balltearer of a paper. Guy must have been an aussie


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  • tijkmo

    rebel..u party pooper u

  • FlyingHighNow

    Duddint matter who wrote it, it's good and it's funny.

  • Frannie Banannie
    Frannie Banannie

    Rebel8, no problem....I never knew from whence it came re: websites.....It was sent to me in an email and I posted it back then....don't know if that website posted it before or after. But like they say, it's still funny, no matter where it came from.


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