Lawrence Turner

Professor of Mathematics and Physics

Southwestern Adventist University

Thursday, 31 Jul 14   

julian day:   2456870
year day:      212      
sun rise: 6:40a, set: 8:25p
moon: 4.9 days

  hurricane near coast of Florida sinks all 11 treasure ships transporting silver plate and other valuables from Havana to Spain, 1514
first U.S. patent issued to Samuel Hopkins for a new process for producing potash, 1790
Ranger 7 crashes into moon transmitting 4000 pictures during its descent—first such successful U.S. probe, 1964
first use of the lunar rover, Apollo 15, 1971
end of NASA's Lunar Prospector mission with the craft deliberately crashing into a crater, 1999

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


 Office Schedule

"No, thanks. I'm a vegetarian."  is a fun thing to say when someone hands you their baby.

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

Larry and Cathy

The Universe is a plot of God, and the plots of God are perfect. 
Edgar Allen Poe

No effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost. 
Helen Keller

There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch too many of them together. 
Josh Billings

Don't Panic

There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want. 
Bill Watterson

On-campus courses

 PHYS 121, General Physics I  (fall 2014) [in preparation]
 PHYS 122, General Physics II  (spring 2014) [next: spr '15]
 PHYS 221, General Physics with Calculus I  (fall 2013) [next: fall '14]
 PHYS 222, General Physics with Calculus II  (spring 2010) [next: spr '15]
 MATH 181, Calculus I  (spring 2014) 
 MATH 241, Probability and Statistics  (fall 2014) [in preparation]
 MATH 282, Calculus II  (fall 2014) [in preparation]
 MATH 283, Calculus III  (spring 2012) [next: spr '15]

In the fabric of space and in the nature of matter, as in a great work of art, there is, written small, the artist's signature. 
Carl Sagan

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

[To an atheist] "the universe is the most exquisite masterpiece ever constructed by nobody." 
G. K. Chesterton

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

The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize. 
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Teaching Principle:
21.  To give a student a second chance is good.  To give them a fourth, or fifth, or ... chance is too much of a good thing.


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

It seems safe to say that significant discovery, really creative thinking, does not occur with regard to problems about which the thinker is lukewarm. 
Mary Henle

In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to their level of incompetence. 
Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull

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

5 dialogs is a decalogue


A human is the not the purrfect pet for a cat, but the best that is available 
L. Turner

The patron saint of e-mail is St. Francis of a CC.


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

They have computers, and they may have other weapons of mass destruction. 
Janet Reno

73.165421% of all statistical studies claim a precision that is not justified by the method used.  (A calculator must have been used!)

Useful Stuff

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

Medicine makes people ill, mathematics make them sad, and theology makes them sinful. 
M. Luther

pax et bonum
 N 32°  23′  51.7″
W97°  19′  41.0″
Technology... is a queer thing.  It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other. 
C. P. Snow

You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.
Revelation 4:11  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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