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3/20/2017 5:03:23 PM
Posted: 5/14/2001 7:23:20 AM EDT
[i]I don't know what you believe about hell. Personally, I believe what the Bible says, cause I've seen it proven true too many times to doubt it here. For the rest of you, you can just enjoy the irony of this one. [/i] THERMODYNAMICS of HELL > > The following is an actual exam 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 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. > > 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 most > 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. Boyle's Law > states, 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 go out with you." and ... take into account the fact that I still > have not succeeded in having that event > take place, 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. >
Link Posted: 5/14/2001 7:26:10 AM EDT
Link Posted: 5/14/2001 7:32:18 AM EDT
*GASP!* [:O] Religion in a state school! How dare they push their beliefs on us! I'M OFFENDED! *Sarcasim off*
Link Posted: 5/14/2001 7:33:11 AM EDT
So they only had 1 intelligent chemistry major that graduated from The University of Washington? We need to hire him to run NASA or something! Lynn [heavy]
Link Posted: 5/14/2001 11:58:26 AM EDT
Contrary to how this has been reported, it was not a chemistry mid-term. It was a WiseAss215 final exam. Most passed, but only the author received an "A".
Link Posted: 5/14/2001 12:02:26 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/14/2001 12:07:23 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Hank: well, its funny no matter how you look at it- and by the way- has RikWriter seen this yet?
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I had him in mind when i posted it. No doubt he'll get all bent about some part of it. [;)] [}:D]
Link Posted: 5/14/2001 12:26:18 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/14/2001 12:36:33 PM EDT
I read "Inferno" by Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven.
Link Posted: 5/14/2001 1:16:08 PM EDT
Good for you Imbrog|io[:D] How does someone answer if their religion does not have a hell. They could always apply Boyles law to the earth's core.
Link Posted: 5/14/2001 1:20:44 PM EDT
Why would *I* be upset? I found the joke amusing, the first time I heard it, which was about five years ago.
Link Posted: 5/14/2001 1:26:57 PM EDT
Originally Posted By RikWriter: Why would *I* be upset? I found the joke amusing, the first time I heard it, which was about five years ago.
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I wish I could be like you, rikwriter. Actually, I'm a little disappointed in you. I sincerely thought you were gonna make it your personal business to rescue me from my illogical, unscientific, pre-historic, childish, antiquated, self-deluded, mythological belief in hell. You let me down, man.
Link Posted: 5/14/2001 2:07:06 PM EDT
G-man, not to disappoint I'll take up the banner for Rik. When you say you have seen Hell too many times to disbelieve it what exactally do you mean? Are you referring to California?
Link Posted: 5/14/2001 2:14:22 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Gunslinger: G-man, not to disappoint I'll take up the banner for Rik. When you say you have seen Hell too many times to disbelieve it what exactally do you mean? Are you referring to California?
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Actually, if hell IS on earth, its located in NJ. Californias gun laws, WITHOUT the nice beaches (unless you can dodge the syringes) [}:D] What I am saying is that I've seen the Bible proven true in too many things OTHER THAN the hell issue to NOT believe the Bble when it comes to the hell issue.
Link Posted: 5/14/2001 2:31:22 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Gunslinger: When you say you have seen Hell too many times to disbelieve it what exactally do you mean? Are you referring to California?
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gunslinger - put your nomex on baby. Your post makes me wonder if it is worth debating with people who have such a marginal grasp of the English language. In my post, I NEVER said I've "seen hell," as you claim I said in your post. My actual words were - "Personally, I believe what the Bible says, cause I've seen it proven true too many times to doubt it here." Look at the word "it" in my actual words. Its antecedent is the word "Bible" - CLEARLY making the point that I've SEE [b]"the Bible" [/b] proven true too many times to doubt "it" (the Bible) when it comes to the hell issue. This is 8th grade English. Which all makes me wonder if discussing this is worth it. If you made an honest mistake in reading, PLEASE be more careful. It makes discussion SOOOOO much more difficult when CLEAR statements are misinterpreted. Yeah, like I've "SEEN" hell....... :rolleyes: Now, ***I**** have put MY nomex on..... Flame away.
Link Posted: 5/14/2001 2:33:39 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Gunslinger: When you say you have seen Hell too many times to disbelieve it what exactally do you mean? Are you referring to California?
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gunslinger - put your nomex on baby. Your post makes me wonder if it is worth debating with people who have such a marginal grasp of the English language. In my post, I NEVER said I've "seen hell," as you claim I said in your post. My actual words were - "Personally, I believe what the Bible says, cause I've seen it proven true too many times to doubt it here." Look at the word "it" in my actual words. Its antecedent is the word "Bible" - CLEARLY making the point that I've SEE [b]"the Bible" [/b] proven true too many times to doubt "it" (the Bible) when it comes to the hell issue. This is 8th grade English. Which all makes me wonder if discussing this is worth it. If you made an honest mistake in reading, PLEASE be more careful. It makes discussion SOOOOO much more difficult when CLEAR statements are misinterpreted. Yeah, like I've "SEEN" hell....... :rolleyes: Now, ***I**** have put MY nomex on..... Flame away.
Link Posted: 5/14/2001 2:37:32 PM EDT
The rings of Hell: New Jersey Philadelphia Baltimore Washington D.C. Detroit Wilmington Pittsburgh (of the '70s) Kalifornia stubbs™
Link Posted: 5/14/2001 2:44:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/14/2001 2:43:43 PM EDT by mattja]
My boss, a physicist by training, had this to say: "I can safely say that even with the decrepitating heaped upon me by the passage of time, and the entropy increase to the universe caused by my person, I can still detect that the young man's Physics suffers from some severe flaws (regardless of his theological and other assertions), and therefore he hardly deserved an "A". I don't have the time just now to elaborate, but, although the guy might make it as a wise ass somewhere, he wouldn't even be able to wash the test tubes in a first year Berkeley Physics lab (Oh sorry ! I just realized he was a Chemistry student. No wonder!)." he he
Link Posted: 5/14/2001 2:50:05 PM EDT
That student deserved an A. Excellent!!!
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