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giogi
Local time: 19:50
 Mar 18, 2004

Physics

The following is an actual question given on University of Washington chemistry mid-term. The answer by one student was so "profound" that the professor shared it.

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, lets 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. Of course, 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 byMs. Teresa Banyan during my freshman year, "...that it will be a coldday in Hell before I sleep with you." And take into account the fact that 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"

[Edited at 2004-03-18 16:13]

Thierry LOTTE
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 LOL - Thanks Mar 18, 2004

Giovanna Wrote :

The following is an actual question given on University of Washington chemistry mid-term. The answer by one student was so "profound" that the professor shared it.

This student realy desserved his "A"... (and his teacher too for his sense of humour...).

Wow ! For the first time of my life, I understood something to "chemical matters" and so on...

Too bad that this student is not a French translator: his way of thinking and writing is on straight line with our French Forum.

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Eva T
English to Albanian
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 Not planning to go there Mar 19, 2004

Giovanna Rampone wrote:
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.

I don't quite agree with that. One of the Churches must be right, so at least its members won't end up in H...

I am not planning to go there anyway.

See you around.

Gerard de Noord
France
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 Several hells Mar 19, 2004

Eva T wrote:

I don't quite agree with that. One of the Churches must be right, so at least its members won't end up in H...

The basic problem is of course: who's hell are we talking about.

Narasimhan Raghavan
Local time: 00:20
English to Tamil
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 This reasoning has already been given in another thread Mar 20, 2004

Regards,
N.Raghavan

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