Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics

Southwestern Adventist University

Monday, 30 Mar 15   

julian day:   2457112
year day:      89      
sun rise: 7:18a, set: 7:44p
moon: 10.5 days

  Chinese astronomers note first recorded passage of Halley's comet, 240BC
anesthesia first used—Dr. Crawford Long operated using ether, 1842
Vincent Van Gogh, painter, born in Zundert, Netherlands, 1853
Alaska sold to U.S. by Russia for for $7.2 million, 1867
Large Hadron Collider at CERN acheives first 7 TeV proton-proton beam collisions, 2010

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


 Office Schedule

A good pun is its own reword.

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

Larry and Cathy

The Universe is a plot of God, and the plots of God are perfect. 
Edgar Allen Poe

In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments—there are consequences. 
Robert Ingersoll

I often quote myself.  It adds spice to my conversation. 
George Bernard Shaw

Don't Panic

When all else is lost, the future still remains. 
Christian Nestell Bovee

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) 
 MATH 241, Probability and Statistics  (spring 2015) [next: fall '15]
 MATH 282, Calculus II  (fall 2014) 
 MATH 283, Calculus III  (spring 2015) [next: spr '16]
 MATH 455, Probability Theory  ( ) [next: fall '15]

To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit. 
Stephen Hawking

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

All that I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Edmontosaurus annectins

The combination of such characters, some, as the sacral ones, altogether peculiar among Reptiles, others borrowed, as it were, from groups now distinct from each other, and all manifested by creatures far surpassing in size the largest of existing reptiles, will, it is presumed, be deemed sufficient ground for establishing a distinct tribe or sub-order of Saurian Reptiles, for which I would propose the name of Dinosauria. 
Richard Owen

Southwestern Adventist University

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

If we teach today as we taught yesterday we rob our children of tomorrow. 
John Dewey

Teaching Principle:
2.  It is important to appear to care.


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

A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimension. 
Oliver Wendell Holmes

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit. 
Arnold Glasow

Man cannot live on chocolate alone; but woman sure can!

2000 pounds of Chinese soup is a Won Ton


A home without a cat is just a house.

The Internet is a giant international network of intelligent, informed computer enthusiasts, by which I mean, "people without lives." 
Dave Barry


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 useless.  They can only give you answers. 
Pablo Picasso

Old statisticians never die they just become nonsignificant.

Useful Stuff

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

Numbers are like people; torture them enough and they'll tell you anything.

pax et bonum
 N 32°  23′  51.7″
W97°  19′  41.0″
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. 
George Bernard Shaw

For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day.
Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
Exodus 20:11  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