Theory in Hell  

Rdy2doit 52M
1532 posts
6/5/2006 3:48 pm
Theory in Hell

The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington
chemistry mid-term exam paper:

"Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat), or endothermic (absorbs heat)?
Support your answer with a proof." 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 thereof.

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. 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 people and
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 as souls are added.

This gives two possibilities:

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. 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 by Ms. Krissy Jones during my
Freshman year that "it will be a cold night 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.

This student got the only A.

rm_mindmeldme 56F
153 posts
6/6/2006 1:01 pm

I have never been to your blog before, so this is my first look. In my previous career, I was a professor, and I have to say...yep, that kid deserves an A for the exam and the class for that answer alone!

Now to look at more of your blog...

florallei 99F

6/8/2006 10:22 am

... going outside the boundaries and stretching the limits...takes courage...hurray for such individuals...too many people are "YES" types ...too rigid and too rule oriented...this is a great example of how not to be...loved it

Rdy2doit 52M

6/9/2006 4:39 pm

Glad you like the joke, please pass on any good ones you come across.

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