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From: Death Valley USA
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posted April 05, 2006 08:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for zoso     Edit/Delete Message
Read this in a magazine recently

The following is supposedly an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry midterm. The answer by one student was so “profound” that the professor shared 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 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 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 now, we can expect the number of souls in hell to increase exponentially.

Now we look at the rate of change of the volume of 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 proportionally as the souls are added. This gives two possibilities:

1) If hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter it, 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. Thus the existence of a divine being is proven, which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting, “Oh my God!”

The student received the only A.

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