Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics

Southwestern Adventist University

Sunday, 3 May 15   

julian day:   2457146
year day:      123      
sun rise: 6:39a, set: 8:08p
moon: 15.3 days

  Washington D.C. is incorporated as a city, 1802
Battle of Tolentino in what is now Marche, Italy, the decisive battle in the Neapolitan War, results in an Austrian victory, 1815
Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae pens the poem "In Flanders Fields" after witnessing the death of friend, 1915
NPR begins programming—'All Things Considered' premieres, 1971
first recorded placement of a GPS-located cache and posting of its coordinates—geocaching, 2000
New Hampshire's famed 'Old Man of the Mountain' collapses, 2003

H2O + NH3 + C2H5 + PDQ + U235 and a pinch of salt


 Office Schedule

The future ain't what it used to be.

Larry Turner and Cathy Turner (Lawrence Turner and Catherine Turner), 2006

Larry and Cathy

All powers, all laws, are but the fair
Embodied thoughts of God.
John Stuart Blackie

Anything you can do in classical physics, we can do better in quantum physics. 
Daniel Kleppner

People will always accept your ideas if you say Ben Franklin said it first. 
"Ben Franklin"

Don't Panic

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

On-campus courses

 PHYS 121, General Physics I  (fall 2014) [next: fall '15]
 PHYS 122, General Physics II  (spring 2015) [next: spr '16]
 PHYS 221, General Physics with Calculus I  (fall 2013) [next: fall '15]
 PHYS 222, General Physics with Calculus II  (spring 2010) [next: spr '16]
 MATH 181, Calculus I  (spring 2014) [next: spr '16]
 MATH 241, Probability and Statistics  (spring 2015) [next: fall '15]
 MATH 282, Calculus II  (fall 2014) 
 MATH 283, Calculus III  (spring 2015) 
 MATH 455, Probability Theory  ( ) [next: fall '15]

In the fabric of space and in the nature of matter, as in a great work of art, there is, written small, the artist's signature. 
Carl Sagan

Distance Education courses

       which Math course? 
       course text list 
 MATH 110, College Algebra 
 MATH 121, Precalculus 
 MATH 241, Probability and Statistics 
MATH 181, Calculus I

[under development]
Other mathematics courses are available to satisfy the requirements of a Mathematics minor.
     Southwestern approved Distance Education course
Distance Education Office

The universe begins to look more like a great thought than a great machine.
Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter.
We are beginning to suspect that we ought rather to hail it as the creator and governor of this realm.
Sir James Jeans

Edmontosaurus annectins

It's very simple why kids are crazy about dinosaurs—dinosaurs are nature's Special Effects. 
Robert Bakker

Southwestern Adventist University

 Southwestern home
      Academic Calendar
 Mathematics/Physical Science
      Scales Hall Prayer  [pdf]
      Physics Lab
 Dominican Republic Mission Trips

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself. 
Galileo Galilei

Teaching Principle:
10.  All grading opportunities in a given course are optional.


Summer Research

 Dinosaur Project
 GPS Techniques, GSA 2000
 Unusual Assemblage, GSA 2001
 Digital Modeling with GIS, SVP 2002
 Recreating Using GIS, SVP 2003
 Five Years Experience Using GIS, SVP 2004
 The Use of GPS, SVP 2004   html version
 Taphonomic Windows, GSA 2005
 Depositional Model, SVP 2006
 Ten Years Excavation, SVP 2010
 Tall Jalul, Jordan
 GPS Survey System at Tall Jalul, ASOR 2004

[I]f one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. 
Henry David Thoreau

Not admitting a mistake is a bigger mistake. 
Robert Half

I never met a chocolate I didn't like. 
Deanna Troi

10 dence is 1 decadence


Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later. 
Mary Bly

Looking at the proliferation of personal web pages on the Net, it looks like very soon everyone on Earth will have 15 megabytes of fame. 
M.G. Sriram


Written Stuff

 A.L.I.C.E. Alice's Little Introduction to the Computer Enigma
 In the Beginning A story of God and the universe
 Parable of the Them A story of planetary exploration
 The Hadrosaur A morning in the life of a young hadrosaur
 Teaching Principles General Teaching Principles
 General Laws General Computer Laws and Other Laws
 God's Will What does God want for us?
 The Family Decision What is best?
 The Farm A teenager and her summer on her grandfather's farm
 Diary * Diary of a young woman

Failure is not an option.  It's bundled with your software.

A statistical analysis, properly conducted, is a delicate dissection of uncertainties—a surgery of suppositions. 
M.J. Moroney

Useful Stuff

 Pi, pie and more π
 Truth Tables
 Prime Factors
 Roman Numeral Arithmetic
 Gaussian Elimination
 Periodic Table

In mathematics the art of asking questions is more valuable than solving problems. 
Georg Cantor

pax et bonum
 N 32°  23′  51.7″
W97°  19′  41.0″
Scientific progress makes moral progress a necessity; for if man's power is increased, the checks that restrain him from abusing it must be strengthened. 
Anne Louise Germaine de Staël

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?
Psalm 8:3,4  NKJV

Department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Southwestern Adventist University
Keene, TX   76059
phone:   (817) 202-6708
fax:         (817) 202-6744

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Last modified:  23 Feb 15