Thermodynamics Of Hell

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Oxford, Oct 9, 2002.

  1. Oxford

    Oxford G&G Evangelist

    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.
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    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. 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.:nod:
     
  2. Mon Bathan

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    :) :) :) Makes real good sense!! :)

    Mon
     

  3. What the he** was he talking about.
     
  4. BattleRifleG3

    BattleRifleG3 G&G Evangelist

    Thermodynamics is a dirty word for engineering studdents...
     
  5. Oxford

    Oxford G&G Evangelist

    Alan C: Here we go again...mixing science and religion. Just trying to stir up old ****(crap) again.
    Oxford:nod: :D