Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics

Southwestern Adventist University

Wednesday, 23 Jul 14   

julian day:   2456862
year day:      204      
sun rise: 6:35a, set: 8:31p
moon: 26.1 days

  ice cream cone invented—Charles Menchez at St. Louis, 1904
Telstar relays first trans-Atlantic live television signal—features Walter Cronkite, 1962
Landsat 1, the first Earth resources satellite, launched, 1972
Vanessa Williams, Miss America 1984, resigns—first resignation in the pageant's history, 1984
Chandra X-ray Observatory, third NASA's Great Observatories, launched aboard Columbia, 1999

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


 Office Schedule

He who laughs last thinks slowest.

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

Larry and Cathy

God is able to do more than man can understand. 
Thomas À Kempis

Few people have the imagination for reality. 
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wise men make proverbs, but fools repeat them. 
Samuel Palmer

Don't Panic

The future is uncertain but the end is always near. 
Jim Morrison

On-campus courses

 PHYS 121, General Physics I  (fall 2014) [in preparation]
 PHYS 122, General Physics II  (spring 2014) [next: spr '15]
 PHYS 221, General Physics with Calculus I  (fall 2013) [next: fall '14]
 PHYS 222, General Physics with Calculus II  (spring 2010) [next: spr '15]
 MATH 181, Calculus I  (spring 2014) 
 MATH 241, Probability and Statistics  (fall 2014) [in preparation]
 MATH 282, Calculus II  (fall 2014) [in preparation]
 MATH 283, Calculus III  (spring 2012) [next: spr '15]

A theory is something nobody believes, except the person who made it.
An experiment is something everybody believes, except the person who made it.

Distance Education courses

       which Math course? 
       course text list 
 MATH 110, College Algebra 
 MATH 121, Precalculus 
 MATH 241, Probability and Statistics 
Other mathematics courses are available to satisfy the requirements of a Mathematics minor.
     Southwestern approved Distance Education course
Distance Education Office

Mathematicians are inexorably drawn to nature, not just describing what is to be found there, but in creating echoes of natural laws. 
Gary William Flake

Edmontosaurus annectins

The great extinction that wiped out all of the dinosaurs, large and small, in all parts of the world, and at the same time brought to an end various lines of reptilian evolution, was one of the outstanding events in the history of life and in the history of the earth.... It was an event that has defied all attempts at a satisfactory explanation. 
Edwin Colbert

Southwestern Adventist University

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

A university is not a teaching institution.
A university is a learning institution.

Teaching Principle:
1.  Read the text, it is more than the students do.


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

Reason can answer questions, but imagination has to ask them. 
Ralph Gerard

To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them. 
Charles-Louis de Montesquieu

I could give up chocolate, but I'm not a quitter.

1000 cc of wet socks is 1 literhosen


In the beginning, God created man, but seeing him so feeble, He gave him the cat. 
Warren Eckstein

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

The attention span of a computer is only as long as its power cord.

If you need statistics to prove it, it isn't true.

Useful Stuff

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

Half of all people don't get fractions or percentages, but the other 25% do just fine.

pax et bonum
 N 32°  23′  51.7″
W97°  19′  41.0″
While modern technology has given people powerful new communication tools, it apparently can do nothing to alter the fact that many people have nothing useful to say. 
Leo Gomes

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
Psalm 33:6  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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