University midterm question (good one)


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Dec 18, 2001
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This was sent to me by my dad
The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington Chemistry midterm. The answer by one student was "so profound" that the

professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of
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). One student wrote the following answer:

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. 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 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 sexual relations with her, 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.
LMAO My god! Surely this is a philosophical answer to a philosophical question....So how can a chemistry lecturor own the credentials to mark this an 'A'?......j/k.

That was funny and clever, thanks rtb.
Was very witty, I enjoyed reading it
That student is going to go on to great things.
I was thinking why the hell the giraffes? Then I scrolled back to the top and saw that neck. Haha.
Oh no! That is so cruel, I can't stop laughing though
im surprised there wasnt an uproar from the people who dont believe in hell