Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics

Southwestern Adventist University

Tuesday, 6 Oct 15   

julian day:   2457302
year day:      279      
sun rise: 7:23a, set: 7:06p
moon: 23.7 days

  Reno brothers stage first train robbery in the U.S. near Seymour, Indiana, 1866
first talking movie, 'The Jazz Singer' starring Al Jolson, opens, 1927
Ulysses launched from Discovery to orbit sun pole-to-pole, 1990
announcement of the first definitive detection of an exoplanet around a main-sequence star: 51-Pegasi, 1995
China's Chang'e 2 is inserted into lunar orbit, 2010

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


 Office Schedule

All good stories begin with "Once upon a time ...."  All really great stories begin with "Once a pun a time ...." 
L. Turner

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

Larry and Cathy

God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame. 
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion. 

A witty saying proves nothing. 

Don't Panic

Time is a figure eight, at its center the city of Deja Vu. 
Robert Brault

On-campus courses

 PHYS 121, General Physics I  (fall 2015) 
 PHYS 122, General Physics II  (spring 2015) [next: spr '16]
 MATH 181, Calculus I  (spring 2014) [next: spr '16]
 MATH 241, Probability and Statistics  (fall 2015) [next: spr '16]
 MATH 455, Probability Theory  (fall 2015) 

Science is a way of life.  Science is a perspective.  Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding in a manner that's precise, predictive and reliable—a transformation, for those lucky enough to experience it, that is empowering and emotional. 
Brian Greene

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

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

From the intrinsic evidence of his creation, the Great Architect of the Universe now begins to appear as a pure mathematician. 
James Hopwood Jeans

Edmontosaurus annectins

Certainly paleontologists have found samples of an extremely small fraction, only, of the earth's extinct species, and even for groups that are most readily preserved and found as fossils they can never expect to find more than a fraction. 
George G Simpson

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:
7.  Never care more about a student's grade than the student does.


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

Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it. 
Madeleine L'Engle

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. 
Peter Drucker

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

3 miles of intravenous tubing at Yale University Hospital is 1 IV League


Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect. 
Steven Wright

Only on the Internet can a person be lonely and popular at the same time. 
Allison Burnett


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 primary goal of computer research in the 21st century is to get computers
"to wreck a nice beach."

A statistician is a person that knows all the standard deviations, and some non-standard ones as well.

Useful Stuff

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

A person isn't truly a fully educated person if he or she has little or no proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics. 
L. Turner

pax et bonum
 N 32°  23′  51.7″
W97°  19′  41.0″
Technology has the shelf life of a banana. 
Scott McNealy

Then God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night;
And let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; ...."
Genesis 1:14  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