Hell : Exothermic or Endothermic ???

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  1. impycornet

    impycornet Member

    [FONT=Lucida Handwriting,Cursive]Food for thought for all you academics, biblically inclined and others. [/FONT]

    Is Hell exothermic or endothermic?

    The following is supposedly an actual question given on a university chemistry exam.

    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 when it expands and heats when itis 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 at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which 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. Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell.
    Since there is 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 slept with her last night, then number 2 must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over. The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct...leaving only Heaven thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night,Teresa kept shouting 'Oh my God.'

  2. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member

    That's a stunning answer - he went one step further than the other impenetrable principles of physical chemistry that encapsulate statistical thermodynamics :eek:
  3. onebandman

    onebandman New Member

    I'm glad it received the 'A' it deserved.

    I once tried giving.... how shall I say.... 'unorthodox' exam answers and was slaughtered for it.

    'We live in a chesse and onion world'
  4. animal.22

    animal.22 Member

    It could just be that Teresa was desperate !!!! :biggrin:
  5. jackocorn

    jackocorn Member

    I seem to remember writing in my Botany finals about having greenhouses on Space Shuttles to improve effiiency of yield in crops (closer to the Sun or something).

    Can't imagine why I ended up with a "Desmond"?
  6. Pythagoras

    Pythagoras Active Member

    I wonder what grade somebody would have got who answered 'neither, because it doesn't exist'?
  7. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    I once referred to "nutters who actually believe birds are stupid enough to fly into wind turbines" in an exam. Got a first in that baby.

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