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Θέμα: Is hell exothermic or endothermic?

(nil): Akis Karnouskos (akis(@)
Ημερομηνία: Πεμ 03 Απρ 1997 - 18:43:31 EEST

A true story: A thermodynamics professor had written
a take home exam for his graduate students. It had
one question:

             Is hell exothermic or endothermic?
             Support your answer with a proof.

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs
using Boyle's Law or some variant. One student,
however wrote the following:

     First, we postulate that if souls exist, then
     they must have some mass.

     If they do, then a mole of souls can also have
     a mass. So, at what rate are souls moving into
     hell and at what rate are souls 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 souls entering hell, lets 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 people do not belong to more than one religion,
     we can project that all people and all souls go to

     With birth and death rates as they are, we can
     expect the number of souls in hell to increase

     Now, we look at the rate of change in volume in
     hell. Boyle's Law states that in order for the
     temperature and pressure in hell to stay the same,
     the ratio of the mass of souls and volume needs
     to stay constant.

     So, 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.

     Of course, if hell is expanding at a rate faster
     than the increase of souls in hell, than the
     temperature and pressure will drop until hell
     freezes over.

It was not revealed what grade the student got.

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