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Is Hell exothermic or endothermic?

This was an "Actual Question" given on a University of Washington chemistry midterm.

"Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?
Support your answer with proof."

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas cools off when it expands and heats up 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's 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 people and 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 temperature and the 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 Ms Therese Banyan during my Freshman year, "That it will be a cold night in Hell before I sleep with you," and take into account the fact that I still have not succeeded in that area, then (2) cannot be true, and so Hell is exothermic.

This student got the only A.

Hell has been defined as a place or condition that hurts the most, or causes the most pain and suffering.

I conclude that hell is IP2, which is exanthemic (causes skin eruptions or boils).

 Would not hell have to exist for such a theory to be to tested?  ???
 But if hell does exist, in the largley accepted meaning, being ones soul would go to hell, how can it be exanthemic
(causing skin eruptions and or boils)?  ;)

I have presented a description of hell consistent with the premise of this thread.  The term exanthemic was used abstractly to connote the torment of the loathsome kind experienced by this soul (term also used abstractly) at one point in time at the locale described.  Purely metaphoric.

As to the question regarding physical torment or manifestations to a soul vis-a-vis a body, I ask then why would hell have a temperature anyway?

   Kudos to moodusjack... ;D


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