Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics

Southwestern Adventist University

Saturday, 30 Aug 14   

julian day:   2456900
year day:      242      
sun rise: 7:00a, set: 7:54p
moon: 5.1 days

  Ernest Rutherford, physicist and Nobel laureate, is born in Brightwater, New Zealand, 1871
Burgess Shale fossils discovered by Charles Doolittle Walcott, 1909
maiden flight of the space shuttle Discovery—Judith Resnik is second American woman in space, 1984
first Kuiper Belt object, (15760) 1992 QB1, discovered since Pluto by David Jewitt and Jane Luu, 1992
American astronomer Fred Lawrence Whipple dies in Cambridge, Massachusetts, age 97, 2004

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


 Office Schedule

Double negatives are a No-No.

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

Larry and Cathy

National Atheist's Day:  April 1.

Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real. 
Niels Bohr

I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying. 
Oscar Wilde

Don't Panic

Time is the school in which we learn, time is the fire in which we burn. 
Delmore Schwartz

On-campus courses

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

Nature has been kind to us.  Being governed by universal laws, rather than by mere parochial bylaws, she has given us an opportunity to decipher her grand design. 
Mario Livio

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

All that I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Edmontosaurus annectins

The phrase 'the fossil record' sounds impressive and authoritative.  As used by some persons it becomes, as intended, intimidating, taking on the aura of esoteric truth as expounded by an elite class of specialists.  But what is it, really, this fossil record?  Only data in search of interpretation.  All claims to the contrary that I know, and I know of several, are so much superstition. 
Gareth J. Nelson

Southwestern Adventist University

 Southwestern home
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      Scales Hall Prayer  [pdf]
      Physics Lab
 Dominican Republic Mission Trips

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. 
Wernher von Braun

Teaching Principle:
21.  To give a student a second chance is good.  To give them a fourth, or fifth, or ... chance is too much of a good thing.


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

Believe you can and you're halfway there. 
Theodore Roosevelt

The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it. 
John Ruskin

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

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


The phrase 'domestic cat' is an oxymoron. 
George F. Will

Better to remain silent and thought a fool
than tweet about it and remove all doubt!


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 best thing about a computer is that it does exactly what you tell it to do.
The worst thing about a computer is that it does exactly what you tell it to do!

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

Mathematics is an independent world created out of pure intelligence. 
William Wordsworth

pax et bonum
 N 32°  23′  51.7″
W97°  19′  41.0″
We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology. 
Carl Sagan

Lift up your eyes on high,
And see who has created these things,
Who brings out their host by number;
He calls them all by name,
By the greatness of His might
And the strength of His power;
Not one is missing.
Isaiah 40:26  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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