Laws of Thermodynamics

“Dr. Newton, I want to speak to you about this homework problem you assigned in class Monday.”

“Alright, you have five minutes before class begins.”

“It took me all night to exhaust all possible methods of solution. This problem is impossible! This exhaust fan system defies the laws of thermodynamics.”

“You started on it last night when it is due today?”

“Yeah-yeah, that’s beside the point. I am convinced there is no solution to this problem.”

“Why do you say that?”

“Look I drew the system diagram, I have the givens, the unknowns, and then when I started to work through the problem, no matter how many different ways I tried, the system doesn’t lose energy to heat or it’s like it generates the energy it loses like magic. The real world doesn’t work that way.”

“Well, you are the first to come to me and say so, but you are correct. There is no real world solution.”

“So what, this was some kind of test? Did I pass?”


“You want us to solve for some make-believe solution that defies the laws of thermodynamics?”

“No, this problem will not be graded. It was to get you thinking.”

“Sheesh, no wonder so many engineering students at this school take up drinking.”

“Where are you going?

“I’m exhausted. I stayed up all night working on your ‘test’ and went to 8AM Dynamics class so I could speak with you about this problem afterwards.”

“But class is about to begin.”

“Well unlike your fan problem, I cannot hit pause on the laws of thermodynamics, Dr. Newton.”

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Trifecta: Week Sixty-Five

This week’s one-word prompt:
EXHAUST (transitive verb)
3a : to consider or discuss (a subject) thoroughly or completely  

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10 thoughts on “Laws of Thermodynamics

  1. deanabo says:

    this is really good!

  2. kz says:

    i like this. great dialogue ^^

  3. Linda says:

    Haha! That’s tellin’ him! Great story! 😀

  4. Trifecta says:

    Smart! Thanks for linking up with this!

  5. Draug419 says:

    Oh this made me laugh, thinking about my physics class in high school (: (which I may have failed *cough*)

  6. Sandra says:

    A brilliantly original take on the prompt!

  7. jannatwrites says:

    This was a unique take on the prompt – I like it! I had a couple teachers that did ‘trick’ problems like that and it was frustrating (especially with lack of sleep.)

  8. omg is that SCIENCE??? Aaaarrrgggghhhhh *runs screaming from the room*
    Great piece of dialogue. Funny that it comes right after lumdog’s dialogue, too.

  9. Annabelle says:

    Ha! Love the last line. Teachers who do that kind of thing deserve it.

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