Thread: Endothermic or Exothermic
05-03-2007, 01:39 AM #1
Endothermic or Exothermic
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
> 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 gave 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 God."
> THIS STUDENT RECEIVED THE ONLY "A"
05-03-2007, 09:00 AM #2
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05-03-2007, 06:57 PM #3
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