Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics

Southwestern Adventist University

Friday, 19 Sep 14   

julian day:   2456920
year day:      262      
sun rise: 7:12a, set: 7:28p
moon: 25.3 days

  U.S. conducts first underground nuclear test, 1957
Scott Fahiman first proposes use of :-) to mark a joke in e-mail, 1982
frozen body of Iceman, Ötzi, discovered in a glacier in the Alps, 1991
Jerry Rice's record streak of 274 consecutive NFL games with a reception ends, 2004
26 week twin Rumaisa Rahman weighing 8.6 oz at birth at the Loyola University Medical Center is the smallest baby to survive normally, 2004
American pianist Arthur Ferrante dies, age 88, 2009

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


 Office Schedule

Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him. 
Romain Gary

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

Larry and Cathy

God is infinite, so His universe must be too.  Thus is the excellence of God magnified and the greatness of His kingdom made manifest; He is glorified not in one, but in countless suns; not in a single earth, a single world, but in a thousand thousand, I say in an infinity of worlds. 
Giordana Bruno

Quantum mechanics—the dreams stuff is made of.

Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them. 
Adlai Stevenson

Don't Panic

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

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]

Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge. 
Carl Sagan

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

Physics is mathematical not because we know so much about the physical world, but because we know so little; it is only its mathematical properties that we can discover. 
Bertrand Russell

Edmontosaurus annectins

Traditional dinosaur theory is full of short circuits.  Like the antiquated wiring in an old house, the details sputter and burn out when specific parts are tested. 
Robert T. Bakker

Southwestern Adventist University

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

Learning is either a continuing thing or it is nothing. 
Frank Tyger

Teaching Principle:
D.  Administrators can fool the board, but they can't fool the faculty.


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

Opportunity can be manufactured.  Yes, you can wait around for the right set of circumstances to fall into place and then leap into action, but you can also create those sets of circumstances on your own. 
Biz Stone

Climb to the top of the food pyramid and you find it covered in chocolate! 
L. Turner

1 trillion pins is 1 terapin


The smart cat doesn't let on that he is. 
H.G. Frommer

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

Windows isn't a virus, viruses do something.

73.165421% of all statistical studies claim a precision that is not justified by the method used.  (A calculator must have been used!)

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″
I fear the day when the technology overlaps with our humanity.— The world will only have a generation of idiots. 
Albert Einstein

He made the Pleiades and Orion;
He turns the shadow of death into morning
And makes the day dark as night;
He calls for the waters of the sea
And pours them out on the face of the earth;
The Lord is His name.
Amos 5:8  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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