Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics

Southwestern Adventist University

Friday, 27 Nov 15   

julian day:   2457354
year day:      331      
sun rise:  7:06a, set:  5:22p
moon:  16.1 days

  American Statistical Association organizes in Boston, 1839
first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, 1924
Gordie Howe becomes first NHL player to reach 1000 points, 1960
Soviet Mars 2 lander is first spacecraft to crash on Mars, 1971
world's first partial face transplant on a living human by Drs. Bernard Devauchelle and Jean-Michel Dubernard in Amiens, France, 2005
British mystery writer Phyllis Dorothy "P.D." James dies in Oxford, England, age 94, 2014

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


 Office Schedule

What if there were no hypothetical situations?

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

Larry and Cathy

God is weaving the very fabric of space-time in a most fantastic tapestry filled with intricate patterns of energy, matter, and love. 
L. Turner

In any field, find the strangest thing and then explore it. 
John Archibald Wheeler

Favorite quotations are a way of crystallizing our thoughts and folding up our dreams and goals into easily portable units. 
J.A. Fludd

Don't Panic

Time is a figure eight, at its center the city of Deja Vu. 
Robert Brault

On-campus courses

 PHYS 121, General Physics I  (fall 2015) 
 PHYS 122, General Physics II  (spring 2015) [next: spr '16]
 MATH 181, Calculus I  (spring 2014) [next: spr '16]
 MATH 241, Probability and Statistics  (fall 2015) [next: spr '16]
 MATH 455, Probability Theory  (fall 2015) 

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 
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 begins to look more like a great thought than a great machine.
Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter.
We are beginning to suspect that we ought rather to hail it as the creator and governor of this realm.
Sir James Jeans

Edmontosaurus annectins

Dinosaurs may be extinct from the face of the planet, but they are alive and well in our imaginations. 
Steve Miller

Southwestern Adventist University

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

We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. 
Will Durant

Teaching Principle:
16.  If a student spent as much time studying as he or she does complaining and begging after earning a poor grade, there would be nothing to complain about!


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
 Digitation of Taphonomic Data, GSA 2015
 Tall Jalul, Jordan
 GPS Survey System at Tall Jalul, ASOR 2004

Imagination is more important than knowledge. 
Albert Einstein

It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan. 
Eleanor Roosevelt

I never met a chocolate I didn't like. 
Deanna Troi

1/100 mentals is 1 centimental


Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect. 
Steven Wright

Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly. 
Roger Ebert


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

Computers are not intelligent.  They only think they are.

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

Mathematics is an integral part of life.

pax et bonum
 N 32°  23′  51.7″
W97°  19′  41.0″
Technology has the shelf life of a banana. 
Scott McNealy

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?
Psalm 8:3,4  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