Chemistry Exam

Chemistry exam.

The following is an actual question given on a University of Liverpool

chemistry final exam.

The answer 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 as well.

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

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's law that

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 constant, the volume of Hell must 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 Sandra 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

2 must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is endothermic 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 extinct ...

leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being - which

explains why, last night, Sandra kept shouting "Oh my God."

iriseyes iriseyes
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29 Responses Dec 18, 2006

Still cant understand Boyle's law

lmao Priceless


This was exceptionally good. Those of you who need to point out a couple of trivial things, please stop being a wet blanket.

Why... would there be a religious question in a chemistry exam?
And plus, Boyle's Law is Physics. Not University level.

Lost your funny bone, didn't you? Or maybe you never had one.

Some people ripped it off from me.
Sorry for not laughing but I am not sorry for my response.


I would have given an A too...

lmao. That is excellent! :))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

Let me find out she's somewhere handing out pints, fish and chips!

How profound. I enjoyed it very much. Now that Hell has frozen over i feel so much safer lol mini

OH, einstein...

Intelligent student

this has been saved into my favourites

Who ever this student is... they deserve an award. I'm not sure what kind of award but they should get one. That A was completely deserved.

I think this story just made my existance infinetly better : D


hi..sounds good Your appreciated....God bless you....:)

Hell, man. I love a logical discussion.

You go Sandra, you are the savior of the remain soul on earth.


That's what us scousers are like (btw "scouser" is someone from Liverpool) (pronounced scowser)

hell of a joke brilliant

Very clever!

I always enjoy reading this one even if it is recycled. (I don't think students in England call themselves freshman in the University)

good one

Hahahah, OMG :D Nice one!!!

Loved this one...<br />
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I've heard of this, but I never have been able to find it. Ah- may- zing!!!

That was one " helluva" joke!! I give it an A!!