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1. ## Thermodynamics of Hell

Seen this before but still thought it was pretty good when friend sent it again..

Thermodynamics of Hell

The following is an actual 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 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 as 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 date you,” and take into account the fact that I still have not succeeded in having a date with her, then number 2 above cannot be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is endothermic and will not freeze over.

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I think the belief in 'hell' is the craziest thing , I can't believe so many people believe in such a thing .

But even if people have 'souls' that goto 'hell'.....who's to say a soul holds mass?

4. I wish I had those kind of questions on exams. I would doubt a soul could have mass, and I would doubt the laws of physics in such a place where souls go would be the same as ours.

5. Originally Posted by O.fO.shO
I think the belief in 'hell' is the craziest thing , I can't believe so many people believe in such a thing .

But even if people have 'souls' that goto 'hell'.....who's to say a soul holds mass?

I agree, I dont believe souls hold mass, but those who enter hell may enter it with some form of a physical body. I dont know, it is interesting, but we must remember that hell is temporary and the lake of fire is the final resting place.

6. what is this hell you speak of

what is this hell you speak of

Its a place of "waiting" for those who are seperated from God. The lake of fire will be there final destination (for eternity) after judgement takes place.

8. doesnt a body lose 28 grams of mass upon death? not sure if this is a myth or not. it makes sense in my opinion.

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Originally Posted by Jimmya73
doesnt a body lose 28 grams of mass upon death? not sure if this is a myth or not. it makes sense in my opinion.

Never heard of that . But that small of a measurement could account for anything .

10. i cant remember where i came across it, but that was a constant number in all tests or something like that. and nobody has the exact same amount of air,feces,blood or anything else like that to provide a constant number. wish i could rememeber where i saw it.

11. from the movie "21 grams"