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Thread: The Thermodynamics of Hell

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    The Thermodynamics of Hell

    Lol, sorry guys, I cracked up and thought you guys would, too. I ran a search and I don't think this has been posted before. Lmao, it's so funny




    The following is an actual exam 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, 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 most 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 that event take place, 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.

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    Seen that years ago.

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    Lol, oh well I almost fell out of my chair lmao

    party pooper lol

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    It is funny though. I wonder if it's was real.

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    hmmm is the expansion adiabatic or isothermal

    now my brain hurts really bad

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    Oh dear lord this topic is like a tinderbox just waiting to explode in exclamations of persecution. No, really though, that sounds exactly like the response that my friend who's a physics major would have given.

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    Lol, aww this is just in fun and good humor. I can't imagine anyone getting offended.

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    Lol, I saw that on bash.org. xD
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