Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics

Southwestern Adventist University

Tuesday, 21 Oct 14   

julian day:   2456952
year day:      294      
sun rise: 7:34a, set: 6:48p
moon: 27.4 days

  44-gun frigate USS Constitution launched in Boston, 1797
Lord Horatio Nelson killed in action (age 47) during the Royal Navy victory at Trafalgar over the combined French and Spanish fleets, 1805
Thomas Edison tests first practical electric light bulb, 1879
Danish astronomer Ejnar Hertzsprung dies, age 94, 1967
dense smog in Harbin, China closes schools, roadways, and the airport, 2013

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


 Office Schedule

He who laughs, lasts. 
Mary Pettibone Poole

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

Larry and Cathy

Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

Man occasionally stumbles on the truth, but then just picks himself up and hurries on regardless.

Children seldom misquote you.  In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said.

Don't Panic

True happiness is ... to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future. 

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]

It is always useful to remember that science is not designed to produce absolute knowledge, eternally true once found; for the most part it simply pushes back the frontier of that vast realm called ignorance. 
Jake Page

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 laws of Nature are written in the language of mathematics...the symbols are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without whose help it is impossible to comprehend a single word. 
Galileo Galilei

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

A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value. 
Isaac Asimov

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

Imagination rules the world. 
Napoleon Bonaparte

There is always the need to carry on. 
Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Research shows that men dream in black and white, whereas women dream in chocolate! 
L. Turner

1 quintillionth of a young male child is an attoboy


Cats always know whether people like or dislike them.  They do not always care enough to do anything about it. 
Winifred Carriere

The Internet is the world's largest library.  It's just that all the books are on the floor. 
John Allen Paulos


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

My software never has bugs.  It just develops random features.

If all the statisticians in the world were laid head to toe, they wouldn't be able to reach a conclusion. 
from George Bernard Shaw

Useful Stuff

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

The most useful mathematics to model bovine behaviour is cowculus. 
L. Turner

pax et bonum
 N 32°  23′  51.7″
W97°  19′  41.0″
While modern technology has given people powerful new communication tools, it apparently can do nothing to alter the fact that many people have nothing useful to say. 
Leo Gomes

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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