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A Physics Story
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 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 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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