Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics

Southwestern Adventist University

Tuesday, 3 Mar 15   

julian day:   2457085
year day:      62      
sun rise: 6:53a, set: 6:25p
moon: 12.6 days

  English antiquarian and pioneer archologist William Stukeley dies, age 77, 1765
Georg Cantor, mathematician, born, 1845
Alexander Graham Bell, inventor, born, 1847
National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) established by Congress—to supervise and direct the study of flight, 1915
Mount Rushmore monument is dedicated, 1933
expedition led by Will Steger becomes the first dogsled crossing of the Antarctic continent, 1990
Steve Fossett lands in Salina, Kansas—first person to fly solo nonstop around the world, 2005

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


 Office Schedule

What if there were no hypothetical situations?

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

Larry and Cathy

Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God. 
George Washington Carver

We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are. 
Anaïs Nin

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 present is a point just passed. 
David Russell

On-campus courses

 PHYS 121, General Physics I  (fall 2014) 
 PHYS 122, General Physics II  (spring 2015) 
 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  (spring 2015) 
 MATH 282, Calculus II  (fall 2014) 
 MATH 283, Calculus III  (spring 2015) 

Nature has been kind to us.  Being governed by universal laws, rather than by mere parochial bylaws, she has given us an opportunity to decipher her grand design. 
Mario Livio

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

From the intrinsic evidence of his creation, the Great Architect of the Universe now begins to appear as a pure mathematician. 
James Hopwood Jeans

Edmontosaurus annectins

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

Southwestern Adventist University

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 Dominican Republic Mission Trips

The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. 
Robert Maynard Hutchins

Teaching Principle:
6.  Only those students who do not need help will ask for it.  Those who do need help will not ask.


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

Motivation is simple.  You eliminate those who are not motivated. 
Lou Holtz

So much chocolate... so little time.

2000 mockingbirds is two kilomockingbird


And why did cats decide to become domestic animals?

Web pages are like babies:  creation involves a level of enthusiasm that does not necessarily carry over into maintenance.


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

Data are plural except aboard the Enterprise-D!

Useful Stuff

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

Without geometry, life is pointless.

pax et bonum
 N 32°  23′  51.7″
W97°  19′  41.0″
A refrigerator is a wonderful technological development in that it not only preserves fresh food but serves as a storage device for leftovers and restaurant "doggy bags" until they can be thrown out. 
L. Turner

Of old You laid the foundation of the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
Psalm 102:25  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