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This is a discussion on Chemistry in Hell :) within the Science and Technology forums, part of the Hobbies category; A friend pointed this one out to me, and I think it's funny. :) Tho I doubt the last statement ...

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Old 12-03-08, 11:23 PM   #1
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A friend pointed this one out to me, and I think it's funny. :)
Tho I doubt the last statement is true, or even the entire thing... regardless, it's funny. :) :)
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Chemistry in Hell
The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry midterm. 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, 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 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 Ms. 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.

The student received the only "A" given.
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Old 12-04-08, 03:29 PM   #2
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chuckle chuckle chuckle!
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LOL wtf does that have to do with science, from a neutral standpoint (I'm christian btw) it is not proven that hell exists, and from a scientific standpoint it's a myth altogether. lol
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well the question is not so much the basis that is truely a place..but the myth of the burning heat. and allow students i would assume to use critical thinking to arrive at an answer
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LOL... Thats awesome
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The guy that got the A is an absolute genious!!! I love this LOL
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