Hell Explained By Chemistry Student

    The following is 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 two
    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

  • Mod Gods, If this continues to become a "touchy" thread (which was not the intention), please delete. This is supposed to fall under the "Entertainment" part of this forum. It was meant to be entertaining of the fact that a student got creative on a bonus question of thier exam and received an A+ for that effort.
  • I deleted the response because it was a bit touchy. I'm sorry, usually a person has a right to post what they want, but there is a limit to what is considered "acceptable".
    Had it been phrased differently, without so many horrible, yet perfectly true, statements, then it would have been fine to leave it.
    However, there are also young people that use these forums and we've got to pay particular attention to what may be considered inappropriate for them to see.

    Please feel free to continue posting replies on this thread and any other thread though, just be careful what you put, ok?

    Thank you for reading, and I hope you understand what I'm trying to get at :)
  • already sent my appologies and the personell reasons why again i apologise sorry guys some day shall explain in less graphic text.
    wont happen again.
  • It's ok. Please don't feel like you're opinion is being censored or anything. Everyone is entitled to their own views and opinions, it's just how they are put across that is what is iffy.
    Sorry again though :)