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#5657399 - 03/18/15 06:27 PM Is Hell exothermic or endothermic?
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This one has been around for years but I still enjoy it!

Is Hell exothermic or endothermic?

Hell from an engineering approach

The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington engineering mid term. The answer was so profound that the Professor shared it with colleagues, which is 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, 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 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:

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 by Teresa Banyan 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."

This student received the only A.
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#5657429 - 03/18/15 06:43 PM Re: Is Hell exothermic or endothermic? [Re: SnakeWrangler]
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I'm with you, get a kick out of that one everytime I read it, been a few years. Thanks for posting it.
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#5657533 - 03/18/15 07:25 PM Re: Is Hell exothermic or endothermic? [Re: SnakeWrangler]
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Fun read
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#5657952 - 03/18/15 11:25 PM Re: Is Hell exothermic or endothermic? [Re: SnakeWrangler]
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That student is a genius!...LOL flehan

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#5658150 - 03/19/15 07:29 AM Re: Is Hell exothermic or endothermic? [Re: SnakeWrangler]
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#5658406 - 03/19/15 09:29 AM Re: Is Hell exothermic or endothermic? [Re: SnakeWrangler]
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AH, those pesky engineers. Like the one that said that there's no way God is a Civil Engineer, because he designed woman, and any decent CE wouldn't put a playground so near a Waste Treatment facility.
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