Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics

Southwestern Adventist University

Friday, 21 Nov 14   

julian day:   2456983
year day:      325      
sun rise: 7:01a, set: 5:23p
moon: 29.1 days

  Judas Maccabaeus restores the Temple in Jerusalem, 164BC
Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, 1877
Albert Einstein publishes paper describing the E=mc2 relationship between energy and mass, 1905
Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opens—is longest suspension bridge in the world, 1964
Dutch-American astronomer Willem Jacob Luyten dies in Minneapolis, Minnesota, age 95, 1994
Toy Story, first completely computer animated film, released, 1995
cosmonaut Konstantin Petrovich Feoktistov, first civilian in space aboard Voskhod 1, dies in Moscow, age 83, 2009
record 32 satellites launched together with a Dnepr modified Soviet-era ballistic missile from a missile silo, 2013

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


 Office Schedule

If life gives you melons, you may be lysdexic.

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

Larry and Cathy

Talent is God-given; be humble.  Fame is man-given; be thankful.  Conceit is self-given; be careful. 
John Wooden

Quantum mechanics—the dreams stuff is made of.

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

Don't Panic

I never think of the future.  It comes soon enough. 
Albert Einstein

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]

I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night. 
Galileo Galilei

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

The mathematical rules of the universe are visible to men in the form of beauty. 
John Michel

Edmontosaurus annectins

If history repeats itself, I am so getting a dinosaur!

Southwestern Adventist University

 Southwestern home
      Academic Calendar
 Mathematics/Physical Science
      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:
25.  Keep in mind that the attention span of today's students is the time between commercials.


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

Imagination rules the world. 
Napoleon Bonaparte

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. 
Bill Cosby

Money can buy happiness—Godiva, Toblerone, Lindt, Ghiradelli, .... 
L. Turner

10 sions is a decision


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

The patron saint of e-mail is St. Francis of a CC.


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

A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God. 
Alan Perlis

It has now been proven beyond a doubt that smoking is the major cause of statistics.

Useful Stuff

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

Mathematics is an integral part of life.

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

The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised up his hand to heaven and swore by Him who lives forever and ever,
Who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, ....
Revelation 10:5,6  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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