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

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

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

    The following question was 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 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 slept with her last night, then number 2 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 in the class
    "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier
    and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the
    service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the
    love and thanks of man and woman."

    -- Thomas Paine (The American Crisis, No. 1, 19 December 1776)


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    Should of been an A+! How's that for thinking on your feet.
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    Excellent response, all the way around.

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    Yes, but it's a dry heat........
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    My Idea of a hell is one that is so cold that to touch anything would burm from the cold. I really like hot weather. A fire and brimstone type of hell has never made scence to me. To be near a source of all power should be warm and peacefull, absence or away form the source of all good would be freezing and cold.

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    I'm trying hard to keep this theoretical and not experiential.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hudsonvalley View Post
    Should of been an A+! How's that for thinking on your feet.
    Or perhaps thinking while lying down.
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