Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics

Southwestern Adventist University

Friday, 31 Oct 14   

julian day:   2456962
year day:      304      
sun rise: 7:42a, set: 6:37p
moon: 7.3 days

  Martin Luther nails his 95 theses to the door of the All Saints Church at Wittenburg, 1517
Nevada is admitted as the 36th state, 1864
Indira Ghandi, India's first woman prime minister, is assassinated in New Delhi after serving a total of 15 years, age 66, 1984
after more than three centuries, Vatican admits Galileo had been correct, 1992
first resident crew of ISS launched (Soyuz TM-31)—begins continuous human presence in space, 2000
rocket engineer Qian Xuesen (Hsue-Shen Tsien) dies in Beijing, age 97, 2009

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


 Office Schedule

A joke is a very serious thing. 
Winston Churchill

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

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

Wise men make proverbs, but fools repeat them. 
Samuel Palmer

Don't Panic

The present is a point just passed. 
David Russell

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

Science provides us with a wonderful narrative as to how [existence] may happen, but theology addresses the meaning of the narrative. 
Denis Alexander

Edmontosaurus annectins

No fossil is buried with its birth certificate.  That, and the scarcity of fossils, means that it is effectively impossible to link fossils into chains of cause and effect in any valid way...  To take a line of fossils and claim that they represent a lineage is not a scientific hypothesis that can be tested, but an assertion that carries the same validity as a bedtime story—amusing, perhaps even instructive, but not scientific. 
Henry Gee

Southwestern Adventist University

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

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

Teaching Principle:
A.  Never complain about being overworked when two committee meetings are scheduled for the same time.  You can use each one as an excuse to skip both!


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

Greater things happen when great minds don't think alike.

Take your work seriously but yourself lightly. 
C.W. Metcalf

If it ain't chocolate, it ain't breakfast!

1 million phones is 1 megaphone


People that hate cats will come back as mice in their next life. 
Faith Resnick

Search engines finds the information, not necessarily the truth. 
Amit Kalantri


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

I have seen the future, and it computes.

Generally a datum more than about four standard deviations from the mean is considered an outlier.  A datum more than six standard deviations is thus an out and outlier. 
L. Turner

Useful Stuff

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

Philosophy is a game with objectives and no rules.
Mathematics is a game with rules and no objectives.

pax et bonum
 N 32°  23′  51.7″
W97°  19′  41.0″
I fear the day when the technology overlaps with our humanity.— The world will only have a generation of idiots. 
Albert Einstein

Thus says God the Lord, Who created the heavens and stretched them out,
Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, Who gives breath to the people on it,
And spirit to those who walk on it: ....
Isaiah 42.5  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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