Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics

Southwestern Adventist University

Tuesday, 30 Jun 15   

julian day:   2457204
year day:      181      
sun rise: 6:22a, set: 8:37p
moon: 14.6 days

  Albert Einstein publishes article introducing special relativity, 1905
Tunguska Basin in Siberia rocked by natural explosion, 1908
launch of the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), 2001
Saturn orbit insertion, Cassini-Huygens, 2004

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


 Office Schedule

What I if told you,
You read the first line wrong?

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

Larry and Cathy

Holiness is not the way to Christ.  Christ is the way to holiness. 
Adrian Rogers

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

Misquotation is, in fact, the pride and privilege of the learned.  A widely-read man never quotes accurately, for the rather obvious reason that he has read too widely. 
Hesketh Pearson

Don't Panic

The future is uncertain but the end is always near. 
Jim Morrison

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

There is one thing even more vital to science than intelligent methods; and that is, the sincere desire to find out the truth, whatever it may be. 
Charles Sanders Pierce

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

For a physicist mathematics is not just a tool by means of which phenomena can be calculated, it is the main source of concepts and principles by means of which new theories can be created. 
F. Dyson

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

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

If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old. 
Lord Chesterfield

Teaching Principle:
11.  Do not let a student's procrastination become your crisis.


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

Only the mediocre are always at their best. 
Jean Giraudoux

Chocolate flows in deep dark, sweet waves—a river to ignite my mind and alert my senses.

2 married Ph.D.'s is a paradox


Human (n):  Useful domestic animal popular with cats.

The internet is not a source of information it is a source of disinformation. 
Craig Ferguson


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

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots.  So far, the Universe is winning. 
Rich Cook

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

A lottery is a tax for people who are math illiterate.

pax et bonum
 N 32°  23′  51.7″
W97°  19′  41.0″
Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be. 
Kahlil Gibran

The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised up his hand to heaven and swore by Him who lives forever and ever,
Who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, ....
Revelation 10:5,6  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