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Being an engineer, I love this joke, what do you all think?

The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington engineering mid-term. The answer was so "profound" that the Professor shared it with colleagues, and the sharing obviously hasn't ceased...

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 off 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 that souls are moving into Hell and the rate 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 us 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 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 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. Of course, 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 Banyan 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 still have not succeeded in having sexual relations with her, then, #2 cannot be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and will not freeze."

This student received the only A.

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OMG! That was hilarious! And yeah, I'm studying engineering.
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Damn -- that was pretty freakin' clever! Love it. I had no idea what Boyle's law was before I read that and now I feel like I have a decent grasp of it. Just don't ask me to calculate anything.

Thanks for sharing!
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Hehe, that's funny.
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That is a great reply! I can only imagine the laughter from the professor as he was reading through that! I love it!
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You don't have to be an engineer to really love that joke!!!! That made my monday morning!!!
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Perfect! Right on par with one of my favorite college essay questions, answered by a friend who was already accepted to another school early.

Question: What is the biggest risk you have ever taken?
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"we can project that all souls go to Hell"

That's so true !! LOL
I like it' really smart
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That is a really funny and intelligent answer. I'm just happy I've never gotten a question like that before.
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hah, thats the best i've heard in a while.
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A quick thinker for all of you preparing for exams, especially engineering:

Summer ==> Temperature
Studying ==> Expansion of brain

... all in a nutshell, it is the application of THERMODYNAMICS in the real world!
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muttskins saidA quick thinker for all of you preparing for exams, especially engineering: