Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics

Southwestern Adventist University

Friday, 24 Oct 14   

julian day:   2456955
year day:      297      
sun rise: 7:37a, set: 6:44p
moon: 0.5 days

  Tycho Brahe, astronomer, dies, age 54, 1601
Anne Edson Taylor becomes first person to "go over" Niagara Falls in a barrel—she survives, 1901
Nylon stockings go on sale publicly for the first time, 1939
United Nations charter goes into effect, 1945
first photographs of earth above atmosphere—camera aboard a V-2 rocket, 1946
Michael Schumacher wins a record 7th Formula One world championship title, 2004
New England Patriots set NFL record 21 consecutive wins including play-off games, 2004

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


 Office Schedule

In the pun, two strings of thought are tangled into one acoustic knot. 
Arthur Koestler

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

Larry and Cathy

Do we have it backwards?  Perhaps God didn't create the Sabbath as a memorial to creation.  Perhaps the creation of the world is a memorial to the most central creative act—the Sabbath! 
L. Turner

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

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

Don't Panic

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

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]

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...' 
Isaac Asimov

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

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

Southwestern Adventist University

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

Thinking is like loving and dying.  Each of us must do it for himself. 
Josiah Royce

Teaching Principle:
20.  To "save a student" by making exceptions is generally to enable his or her dysfunction—it is better to put them out of their misery.


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

I am imagination.  I can see what the eyes cannot see.  I can hear what the ears cannot hear.  I can feel what the heart cannot feel. 
Peter Nivio Zarlenga

It doesn't matter where you are coming from.  All that matters is where you are going. 
Brian Tracy

So much chocolate... so little time.

10 sions is a decision


If a cat did not put a firm paw down now and then, how could his human remain possessed? 
Winifred Carriere

Cyberspace.  A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions.... 
William Gibson


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 really didn't foresee the Internet.  But then, neither did the computer industry.  Not that that tells us very much of course—the computer industry didn't even foresee that the century was going to end. 
Douglas Adams

An approximate answer to the right problem is worth a good deal more than an exact answer to an approximate problem. 
John Tukey

Useful Stuff

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

...the different branches of Arithmetic—Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision. 
The Mock Turtle–Lewis Caroll

pax et bonum
 N 32°  23′  51.7″
W97°  19′  41.0″
Scientific progress makes moral progress a necessity; for if man's power is increased, the checks that restrain him from abusing it must be strengthened. 
Anne Louise Germaine de Staël

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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