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Posted: 6/17/2003 5:36:00 PM EDT
Subject: Thermodynamics Explained The following is a question given on 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: [b]Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?[/b] 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, 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 still have not succeeded in having an affair with her, then #2 above cannot be true and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and will not freeze over." THIS STUDENT RECEIVED THE ONLY "A".
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 5:54:00 PM EDT
[lol] Gotta love college!
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 6:06:59 PM EDT
[url]http://www.snopes.com/college/exam/hell.htm[/url] Please check next time before posting.
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 6:08:24 PM EDT
[lol]
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 6:19:58 PM EDT
Originally Posted By QCMGR: [url]http://www.snopes.com/college/exam/hell.htm[/url] Please check next time before posting.
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Check What? Your point is?
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 6:20:38 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 6:27:00 PM EDT
Originally Posted By QCMGR: [url]http://www.snopes.com/college/exam/hell.htm[/url] Please check next time before posting.
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Dammit man! I'll bet you go around telling little kids that there aint no Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny is bogus too. [;D]
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 6:30:48 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/17/2003 6:33:41 PM EDT by SuperAlpha]
Originally Posted By 1776: #2 above cannot be true and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and will not freeze over."
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I have said this before - this part is wrong. If hell is exothermic, then it gives off heat. This mean that it cools off and could freeze over! If it never freezes, it should be endothermic (takes in heat). Definitions: [b]endothermic[/b] - Characterized by or causing the absorption of heat; endoergic. [b]exothermic[/b] - Releasing heat: an exothermic reaction.
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 6:34:19 PM EDT
Originally Posted By SuperAlpha:
Originally Posted By 1776: #2 above cannot be true and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and will not freeze over."
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I have said this before - this part is wrong. If hell is exothermic, [red]then it gives off heat. This mean that it cools off and could freeze over![/red] If it never freezes, it could be endothermic (takes in heat). Definitions: [b]endothermic[/b] - Characterized by or causing the absorption of heat; endoergic. [b]exothermic[/b] - Releasing heat: an exothermic reaction.
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LOL So if I am stranded in the desert on a 118 Deg day I should build a camp fire?[:D]
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 6:37:02 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Pangea:
Originally Posted By QCMGR: [url]http://www.snopes.com/college/exam/hell.htm[/url] Please check next time before posting.
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Dammit man! I'll bet you go around telling little kids that there aint no Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny is bogus too. [;D]
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I did and I do! [;)]
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 6:39:38 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 1776: LOL So if I am stranded in the desert on a 118 Deg day I should build a camp fire?[:D]
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For signalling, yes, for cooling NO. You have to look at it as a system. :)
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 6:39:55 PM EDT
With a name like Entropy, I had to read a thread about Thermodynamics!
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 6:40:58 PM EDT
Originally Posted By QCMGR:
Originally Posted By Pangea:
Originally Posted By QCMGR: [url]http://www.snopes.com/college/exam/hell.htm[/url] Please check next time before posting.
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Dammit man! I'll bet you go around telling little kids that there aint no Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny is bogus too. [;D]
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I did and I do! [;)]
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Turd! [:D]
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