Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics

Southwestern Adventist University

Thursday, 28 May 15   

julian day:   2457171
year day:      148      
sun rise: 6:22a, set: 8:26p
moon: 10.4 days

  WGY makes first regular TV broadcasts in the U.S., 1928
Golden Gate Bridge opens to vehicular traffic, 1937
Belgium Army surrenders to the Germans ending the Battle of Belgium, 1940
National League owners vote to approve Giants and Dodgers move to the west coast, 1957
U.S. launches monkeys Able and Baker on a sub-orbital flight—become first primates to survive ride into space, 1959
Russian industrial settlement Neftegorsk is devastated by an 7.6 earthquake killing 2000 out of 3500 population, 1995
first upgraded Block IIF Global Positioning System navigation satellite is launched from Cape Canaveral, 2010
American author and poet Maya Angelou dies in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, age 86, 2014

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


 Office Schedule

The goodness of the true pun is in the direct ratio of its intolerability. 
Edgar Allan Poe

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

Larry and Cathy

Black holes are where God divides by zero.

Theology, philosophy, metaphysics, and quantum physics are merely ways for God to have his smart people believe in him 
Jeremy Aldana

Misquotations are the only quotations that are never misquoted. 
Hesketh Pearson

Don't Panic

If you knew Time as well as I do, you wouldn't talk about wasting IT.  It's HIM. 
The Mad Hatter, Lewis Carroll

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]

To me there has never been a higher source of earthly honor or distinction than that connected with advances in science. 
Isaac Newton

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

The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition. 
Carl Sagan

Edmontosaurus annectins

Originally, in 1842, the word dinosaur was coined by Richard Owen to mean "fearfully great, a lizard."  Since then the term has typically been taken to mean "terrible lizard."  However, the more we study the bones, the more we realize that these were truly amazing and wonderful and "fearfully great" creatures. 
L. Turner

Southwestern Adventist University

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

A little learning is a dangerous thing,
but a lot of ignorance is just as bad.
Bob Edwards

Teaching Principle:
A.  Never complain about being overworked when two committee meetings are scheduled for the same time.  You can use each one as an excuse to skip both!


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

The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory. 
Paul Fix

We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful.
We have done so much with so little for so long, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.

Save Earth.
It's the only planet with chocolate.

453.6 graham crackers is one pound cake


When my cats aren't happy, I'm not happy.  Not because I care about their mood but because I know they're just sitting there thinking up ways to get even. 
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him to use the Net and he won't bother you for weeks.


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 perfect computer has been developed.  You just feed in your problems and they never come out again. 
Al Goodman

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

It isn't that they can't see the solution.
It is that they can't see the problem.
G. K. Chesterton

pax et bonum
 N 32°  23′  51.7″
W97°  19′  41.0″
Any sufficiently advanced tool can be used for something it wasn't intended for. 
Throop's Law

You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.
Revelation 4:11  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