A Physics Student Explains “Outside of Time”

A Physics Student Explains -; Where is Hell?  What is it Like?  Is it Blazing Hot or Frozen Solid?

The following is an actual question given on a  University   of Arizona   chemistry mid term, and an actual answer turned in by a student.

The answer by one student was so ‘profound’ that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well :  

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 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, which is unlikely.. 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 the same, the volume of Hell has to 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 Teresa 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 two 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….. ….leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting ‘Oh my God.’

THIS STUDENT RECEIVED AN A+.

37 responses to “A Physics Student Explains “Outside of Time”

  1. This student has a very good answer to the question. I really liked the part in which the student states that all souls go to hell becasue there are many religions and we are all in different religions. It truly makes me think more about religion and how hell is percived. I really anjoyed reading this.

  2. This was crazy! To think he was brave enough to write this on a test though is amazing! At least he got a good grade and proved his answer.

  3. This student truly made me laugh. Man the student’s theory of hell cannot be disproved because he has some hysterical evidence that can support his theory. It was a pleasure reading this over and over again.

  4. Katarina Ponomaroff

    Honestly, wow! This answer to a chemistry question blew me away. I would never imagine that someone would go into so much depth to explain a theory. What he was saying was a bit complex, however in a sense it made sense. This student also used humor in his answer which is usually something you never see in a test answer. At the end of his answer though he did in fact state an exact answer to the question at hand, his creativity in his answer was astonishing!

  5. This was hysterical. He gives some good reasons for his argument and does use the laws of chemistry to help prove it.

  6. I thought this was a funny and creative way to answer the question. Many people would not answer the question this way and it is a weird question to begin with. The student really thought about it in a different way.

  7. What a gas! I wonder what Teresa is thinking about all this…now that her entire school knows her escapades haha Great response from a witty guy.

  8. William J. Gonzales

    Wow! That was hilarious! Haha! I love how the student had an outside of the box answer! he had such creativity, and i was shocked that he received an A+ for that response as well. But hey, he deserved it with such a response as that!

  9. Outstanding! This is the best answer I have ever seen! What is amazing is how he showed not only that he had a handle on the subject material but could execute the answer in the imaginative of ways! Bravo!

  10. Priscilla K. Cornejo

    This student was funny had me laughing brilliant answer by the way! I would actually like to meet this student.

  11. Ha ha?
    I guess I didn’t really get it.

  12. This was the best read I’ve had in a while! two thumbs up. Great use of logic and reasoning. A++

  13. Samantha R. Cimilluca

    If I had this question, I wish my answer would be as clever as this. I enjoyed reading this answer, especially being in chemistry and understanding what he is talking about makes it so much funnier. This answer is so great and I hope this answer got him an A overall on the test.

  14. Hahaha I loved his answer!! I like how he used logic and reasoning to explain his response. Very creative and daring. I’m glad he got an A+

  15. His response to the teachers question was hilarious. He’s really brave to put an answer like that on a Midterm.

  16. This answer deserves applause. Not many collegiate students are able to use such logic in an answer in which is comprehensive. The student not only used logic to state an answer but he also used the opinion of the general people. This student deserves the applause, but does not reflect what kind of learning abilities he has. Many students think critically but are not able to comprehend a simple answer that has always been and always will be in black on a white page.

  17. Haha this was funny to watch. Glad to see he ended up with an A and everything worked out for him.

  18. I loved the answer presented by the student. It was a clever, cunning, and well thought out answer. It made me think of things in a way that I have never thought of before. The student presented the answer in a way that integrated today’s culture and science. This answer was awesome and hope the student received full credit.

  19. Physics is not really a subject of mine, but this answer was flawless! what a great and clever way to use the “noggin” which is why this student’s teacher had no choice but to give an A grade.

  20. I loved this answer!!!!!! He explained it like a true physicists. Using logic and reason to give an answer to a inlogical question. Im so happy that teacher gave them an A because it was truly one of the best answers a student could have given

  21. As funny as it is, this student used knowledge and informative of physics to help explain the situations. This is one of the many reason I love physics, the knowledge you gain will always benifit you in other fields and help one to better understand their surroundings.

  22. This student is brave and bold. He could have not received any points for that answer, but when my sister tells me about all of the silly answers her students will put down, I assume most teachers appreciate interesting answers like this one. Superb creativity!

  23. Couldn’t have answered it any better.

  24. Haahahaha speechless and dying of humor!!!! Oh my lanta Teresa must have had it good if she made hell freeze over. ????

  25. This post is funny, smart and witty. It is great to know that through all of the notes, studying, midterms and scan trons that college students still have the ingenuity to come up with such answers.

  26. Wow this kid sure knew what he was talking about. I would of never thought about an answer like that. Actually, I would not even know what to write for such a question. I would of put “I don’t know.”

  27. This guy definetely deserves an upvote. This is one of the best things I have seen on the internet in a very long time. It was pure joy reading this. The humor is so subtle yet mad me laugh a little too hard.

  28. this kid is the man whoever he was. This post definitely made me laugh, I liked how his teacher had somewhat of a personality and decided to post his answer to let other people read it.

  29. This is great! His answer was so creative, and I loved how he went into dept with it. So with that answer he truly did earn that A+! It shows that he clearly isn’t afraid to share what is on his mind.

  30. This student is extremely bold for answering the question the way he did. I give props for his creativity and knowledge on the subject. It really seems like he knows what he’s talking about.

  31. Yes this student does deserve an A! His answer was probaly different than the other students answers but his answers used such good logic and he supported his answer with logical reasoning.

  32. Funny, this person must have been original to have thought of the response that the teacher was not even expecting. I am happy to now the person got an A!

  33. what a crack up!!! hahahah! of course this student deserves an A for this, the thought that was put into here was just insanely good! This was so funny to read!

  34. hahahah that was hilarious! What kind of teacher gives a bonus question like that? The fact that this student took the time out of his test to write this answer deserves him an A. I give this student props for turning this in.

  35. Very funny! This student is very clever, but I wonder if he was nervous when submitting his response.

  36. Wow! What a clever student! Professor’s always saying how creative there students are, this guy ranks number one in creativity! Glad the teacher gave him an A!

  37. This is by far the best web post I has had the pleasures of reading. Now, I know I need to enroll in physics classes as soon as I can 😀

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