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Funko
15-03-2005, 09:52:31
It's an urban myth, but a good one and I hadn't seen it for years but just got sent it again :lol:



The following is supposedly 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.

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, 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 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 thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting "Oh my God".

THIS STUDENT RECEIVED THE ONLY A

http://www.snopes.com/college/exam/hell.asp

miester gandertak
15-03-2005, 10:34:12
:lol:

Nills Lagerbaak
15-03-2005, 10:59:32
:lol:


:eek: Someone slept with a Physics Student?!

Spartak
15-03-2005, 11:10:00
Sober? :eek:

and :LOL:

zmama
15-03-2005, 12:57:04
Originally posted by Nills Lagerbaak
:lol:


:eek: Someone slept with a Physics Student?!

I even know a crazy girl that married one!

Oerdin
15-03-2005, 19:25:32
Now that is crazy.

KH of the North
15-03-2005, 20:12:28
:nervous:

Tizzy
15-03-2005, 20:55:35
Hey! One of my best friends is a Physics student!

KH of the North
15-03-2005, 21:13:25
Strangely enough, so are a few of mine.

Funko
15-03-2005, 21:44:27
I used to be, but I grew out of it.

Oerdin
15-03-2005, 22:19:39
I know a geophysicist but the geo part means he plays with rocks and drinks a lot so that makes him more fun then a physicist.

Funko
15-03-2005, 22:21:17
Physicists drink a lot. And get to play with lasers, nuclear weapons and space rockets.

Tizzy
15-03-2005, 22:25:45
At the same time as the drinking a lot

KH of the North
15-03-2005, 22:33:39
Originally posted by Oerdin
I know a geophysicist but the geo part means he plays with rocks and drinks a lot so that makes him more fun then a physicist.

Physicists never drink.

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alsieboo
15-03-2005, 22:40:00
great stuff!

Oerdin
15-03-2005, 22:54:16
All the physicists at my school were either scrawny, pasty faced white boys or scrawny, geeky Asian boys. A high number of them were social misfits and I'm not sure any of them had a girlfriend.

That would be enough to drive me to drinking as well.

metalhead
16-03-2005, 00:46:26
Originally posted by Funko
Physicists drink a lot. And get to play with lasers, nuclear weapons and space rockets.

But strangely enough never get to play with boobs.

Funko
17-03-2005, 10:19:31
I think all of the girls on my physics course had boobs of their own they could play with.