Hell Defined By A Chemistry Student?

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:

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 two 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 AN A

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Oh my gosh, that is hilarious!

    After that response, that guy so deserves an A.

  • 3 years ago

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  • 4 years ago

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

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  • 3 years ago

    Attached is the solution to question 15.76. The reason I had an issue with the answer presented, and apparently confirmed via yahoo, was that it didn't take into consideration the reestablishment of the EQ. When the 0.100 moles of HI was added, the EQ would shift to the side with hydrogen and iodine, making more hydrogen and Iodine and using up some of the additional HI that was added. The answer presented didn't do that. It was as if adding the 0.100 moles of HI had no effect on the EQ. Therefore, the correct solution involves finding the new concentration after EQ is reestablished. This means that moles of hydrogen and Iodine must be larger than the .112 that was given.

    I first found Kc based on the concentrations. I then found the new concentration of HI based on the addition of 0.100 moles. Then I did a (R)ICE table to determine the new concentrations at EQ. I then converted to partial pressures. I used the fact that n/V in P =nRT/V is equal to molarity.

    Just to be sure I was correct, I did this again but with the reverse reaction written. You get a different K and and all that, but the value of "x" in the (R)ICE table is the same either way, so you get the same answer either way. Please don't trust yahoo in the future. It is the epitome of a troll answer site. Slader did not have this question answered so you really didn't have a place online to find the answer. Again, don't trust yahoo, it's pretty sad. If someone proves me wrong and yahoo correct, then I am the one who is sad. However, I'm pretty confident.

    Good luck on your test. Don't study with yahoo.

    15.76.pdf

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  • 4 years ago

    Very interesting.

  • 5 years ago

    LOL he deserved an A but I am pretty sure that Hell is not freezing over......

  • Anna
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    1 decade ago

    I read that one! I got it sent by email and sent it out too! That's hilarious!

  • 1 decade ago

    ive heard it exactly the same, except the end is very different,

    i hate it when people change things.

  • 1 decade ago

    haha that's hilarious

    maybe i will get into to the university of washington, if he got an A it can't be that difficult

    : )

  • 1 decade ago

    Good one.

    A long read but well worth it.

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