Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or Endothermic (absorbs heat)?

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Forum topic by Ken90712 posted 11-23-2009 05:14 PM 1765 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-23-2009 05:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humor and deep creative thinking

The Author is unknown, the answer is very deep yet funny Enjoy;
Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or Endothermic (absorbs heat)?

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, and the sharing obviously hasn’t ceased…

Most of the students wrote Proofs of their beliefs using Boyle’s Law, (gas cools off 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 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 us l9ok 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.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#1 posted 11-23-2009 05:23 PM

Wow, that’s a hell of a thing!

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#2 posted 11-23-2009 05:29 PM

Thanks, Ken. This was pretty good.

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#3 posted 11-23-2009 08:06 PM

That’s why engineers cannot become politicians. Too logical. Everything is black and white and follows certain laws of nature.

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#4 posted 11-23-2009 10:41 PM

Who said Engineers had no personality or sense of humor.
Reminds me of a song I sang once in the navy.. first part goes something like this.

We are , we are ,we are, we are, we are the Engineers,
We can, we can,we can, we can demolish 40 beers.
The rest is not suitable for the tender ears of woodworkers.
PM with proof of age and I will send the rest..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 11-23-2009 10:50 PM

I think he needs to spend more time on romance and less on thermodynamics if he ever expect to get laid.

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#6 posted 11-23-2009 11:39 PM

This question posed is irrelevant at this point as there are no souls in Hell (or Paradise) right now so the thermal mass of Hell must be constant. Why? Because no one actually goes to Hell (or Paradise) until the day of judgement, which has not happened yet. It,s hardly justice to be thrown in Hell only to be judged and then found guilty of your sins and then get thrown back in. Secondly souls must also leave Hell at some point otherwise the penalty for shoplifting is the same as the penalty for murder and thats hardly justice. Therefore with no fuel feeding the flame it can,t get hotter or colder. However on the day of judgement the sudden increase in fuel may cause an uncontrollable expansion in temperature leading to the possibility of a catastrophic explosion, i.e another big bang. Maybe thats how the first one happened! But i,m sure Gods already thought of that and has a fire extinguisher or two at the ready. And of course God,s a bit smarter than the average university student so it would be logical to have Hell expand and contract at a rate equal to the amount of souls entering and leaving. As a foot note, if the student successfully woo,s the girl and sleeps with her, then that is sex out of wedlock and according to all the major religions he will certainly get a first hand look at this question as hell is where he will be going. Thanks for the giggle this early in the morning Ken.

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#7 posted 11-24-2009 11:18 AM

kiwi1969…..No No Thank-you. The only thing that bothered me about your reply is that you reminded me I’m in trouble with you pointing out,

” That is sex out of wedlock and according to all the major religions he will certainly get a first hand look at this question as hell is where he will be going.”

Yes thx for that, hear I thought I might have a chance of not burning forever!! LOL

I too smiled when I read your reply.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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