Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics

Southwestern Adventist University

Wednesday, 5 Aug 15   

julian day:   2457240
year day:      217      
sun rise: 6:43a, set: 8:21p
moon: 20.4 days

  first Spanish ship, San Carlos, enters San Francisco Bay, 1775
Cyrus West Field completes first transatlantic telegraph cable—fails shortly thereafter, 1858
first traffic light installed, Cleveland, 1914
first quasar located by radio, 1962
cave-in at the San José copper-gold mine near Copiapó, Chile traps 33 miners 2300 ft down—all rescued 69 days later, 2010
San Antonio Spurs hire Becky Hammon as assistant coach—first full-time female coach in the NBA, 2014

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


 Office Schedule

Becoming a vegetarian is a hugh missed steak!

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

Theology, philosophy, metaphysics, and quantum physics are merely ways for God to have his smart people believe in him 
Jeremy Aldana

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

Don't Panic

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. 
C.S. Lewis

On-campus courses

 PHYS 121, General Physics I  (fall 2015) [in preparation]
 PHYS 122, General Physics II  (spring 2015) [next: spr '16]
 PHYS 221, General Physics with Calculus I  (fall 2015) [in preparation]
 PHYS 222, General Physics with Calculus II  (spring 2010) [next: spr '16]
 MATH 181, Calculus I  (spring 2014) [next: spr '16]
 MATH 241, Probability and Statistics  (fall 2015) [in preparation]
 MATH 455, Probability Theory  (fall 2015) 

To me there has never been a higher source of earthly honor or distinction than that connected with advances in science. 
Isaac Newton

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 laws of Nature are written in the language of mathematics...the symbols are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without whose help it is impossible to comprehend a single word. 
Galileo Galilei

Edmontosaurus annectins

It's very simple why kids are crazy about dinosaurs—dinosaurs are nature's Special Effects. 
Robert Bakker

Southwestern Adventist University

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

The primary of purpose of a university is to transform a student from depending upon a teacher to be taught to learning independently. 
L. Turner

Teaching Principle:
27.  You can't save a student from him or herself.


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.

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. 
Helen Keller

Nine out of ten people like chocolate.— The tenth person always lies. 
John Q. Tullius

500 millineries is 1 seminary


Most cats, when they are Out want to be In, and vice versa, and often simultaneously. 
Louis F. Camuti

My favorite thing about the Internet is that you get to go into the private world of real creeps without having to smell them. 
Penn Jillette


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 always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone.
My wish has come true—I no longer know how to use my telephone.
Bjarne Stroustrup

If you need statistics to prove it, it isn't true.

Useful Stuff

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

The most satisfying real number is ! 
L. Turner

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

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