- Oct 22, 2014
Knowing that many who monitor this site have some form of engineering background and may have actually experienced the subject matter. I felt it worthy to share this posted exam bonus question... and one students answer.
The extra credit question response by one student was so 'profound' that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it here.
Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?
Most of the students wrote about Boyle's Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant of those two mutually exclusive heat flows.
But only one student gave the following profound answer:
First, we need to know how the Mass of Hell is transitioning over 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 cannot leave. Therefore, no souls are outbound. As for how many souls are inbound to Hell, let's first consider the multiple religions that exist in the world today.
Most of these religions believe the only way to Heaven is through strict adherence to a rigorous belief system, otherwise you go to Hell. Since the vast majority of followers will fall far short of full behavioral compliance, we can project that the vast majority of souls go to Hell. Also, with global birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to progressively increase exponentially, while remembering that 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 presents 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 Hell Boils Over.
#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 knock-out beautiful Mary 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 the #2 possibility above 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...Thereby Heaven is real which explains why, last night, Mary kept shouting “Oh My God.”
Student got an A+ !!