Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics

Southwestern Adventist University

Monday, 1 Sep 14   

julian day:   2456902
year day:      244      
sun rise: 7:01a, set: 7:52p
moon: 7.0 days

  Boston subway opens—first underground rapid transit system in U.S., 1897
last passenger pigeon, named Martha, dies at the Cincinnati Zoo, 1914
Germany invades Poland beginning World War II, 1939
first flyby of Saturn, Pioneer 11, 1979
Robert Ballard and team find the remains of the Titantic, 1985

Labor Day  

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


 Office Schedule

If you tell a joke in the forest, but nobody laughs, was it a joke? 
Steven Wright

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

Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion. 

Quotes are nothing but inspiration for the uninspired. 
Richard Kemph

Don't Panic

Time is the school in which we learn, time is the fire in which we burn. 
Delmore Schwartz

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]

Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist.  They are wrong: it is character. 
Albert Einstein

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

Man is slightly nearer to the atom than the stars. From his central position he can survey the grandest works of Nature with the astronomer, or the minutest works with the physicist. 
Arthur Eddington

Edmontosaurus annectins

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

Southwestern Adventist University

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 Dominican Republic Mission Trips

The purpose of primary education is the development of your weak characteristics; the purpose of university education, the development of your strong. 
Nevin Fenneman

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

Your imagination, my dear fellow, is worth more than you imagine. 
Louis Aragon

Don't feel entitled to anything you didn't sweat and struggle for. 
Marian Wright Edelman

Life without chocolate is like a beach without water.

1 million maniacs is a megalomaniac


A cat would be man's best friend, but never stoops to it.

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

A TV can insult your intelligence, but nothing rubs it in like a computer.

Statisticians are like the drunk leaning against the lamp pole—they are there for support not illumination.

Useful Stuff

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

Pure mathematics is the magician's real wand. 

pax et bonum
 N 32°  23′  51.7″
W97°  19′  41.0″
New solutions win by virtue of adoption, and they don't get adopted if they're bad solutions. 
John Perry Barlow

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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