brian turnerAssociate Professor of Physics

School of Arts & Sciences
918.335.6827
bturner@okwu.edu
B.S., Southern Nazarene University; M.S., University of Texas at Dallas; Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas.

Mission & Passion

As a teacher, my goal is not just to pass on information, but to inspire young people, with memorable and creative adventures, opportunities for service to the community, and moments to build lasting relationships. Ultimately, learning is a form of worship, a way to serve others, and our life-long responsibility and calling.

As a man of faith and a scientist, I have two well-established pathways to find truth: Holy Scripture and scientific discovery. Ultimately these must agree, because God is the author of both his Word and the book of nature. My job is to study and celebrate the grandeur and beauty of each, and to exercise wisdom in knowing how they fit together and impact each other.

Favorite Verses/Quotations

“Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.” – Isaiah 40:26

“No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” – John Maxwell

“Education is the not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats

“Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.” – Albert Einstein

Courses

  • Intro to Physical Science
  • Intro to Astronomy
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • General Physics I/II
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Modern Geometry
  • Differential Equations

Publications & Presentations

Selected Student/Professor Research Presentations given at Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Conferences:

  •  “Major League Stadiums vs. Batting Success”, with Cody Stafford, Shane Luttenberg (2015)
  • “OK’s Largest Brachistochrone & Other Gymnasium-Sized Curves of Descent,” with Alberto Argot (2013)
  • “Tetrahedral Kites and Sierpinski’s Pyramid,” with Seth Carter (2012)
  • “Bend it like a Mathematician: Differential Equations Study of a Soccer Free-Kick,” with Adam Hardesty (2012)
  • “The Traveling Arkansan Coffee-Drinking Mathematician Problem,” with John King (2012)
  • “Newton’s Law of Cooling with a Varying Ambient Temperature,” with Dallas Lewis (2012)
  • “Frieze Patterns Buried in the Great Temple Mound,” with Krista Baugher (2011)
  • “Romeo, Romeo, What Are Thou Differential Equations?” with Taylor Israel (2010)
  • “In Search of Poe’s Pendulum,” with Nathan Lemay (2009)
  • “Fractal Analysis of Oklahoma and Arkansas,” with Adam Nash (2008)
  • “The Group Theory of Music,” with Rebecka Kermanshahi (2008)
  • “Optimizing the Cross-Section for an Agricultural Sprayer Tank,” with Lindsey Hettich (2007)

Publications:

  • A Connection Approach to Numerical Relativity” (w/ Salisbury, et al), Classical and Quantum Gravity 11 2789 (1994)
  • “Generalization of the Biot-Savart Law to Maxwell’s Equations using Special Relativity” (w/ Neuenschwander), AJP 60, 35 (1992)
  • “A Hamiltonian for Geometrical Optics”, JURP 10, 23 (1991)