1 College Circle Geneseo, NY 14454
George Marcus has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2006.
Ph.D., Physics; Stanford University
A.B., Physics Magna Cum Laude with highest honors; Harvard University
Spring 2016 Classes
PHYS 106: Nature of Light & Color
View course details / syllabus The evolution of our understanding of the nature of light will be presented, from Newton?s corpuscles to Maxwell?s electromagnetic waves to the modern view of wave-particle duality. Along the way, man
y optical phenomena will be investigated in lecture demonstrations and in the laboratory, including lenses, prisms, rainbows, photography, interference, diffraction, the photoelectric effect, and atomic spectra. Simple algebra, trigonometry and geometry will be employed. Cannot be counted toward the physics major. (Not open to students with prior credit for physics courses numbered PHYS 113 or higher without department approval.) Corequisite: PHYS 107. Offered every spring
View course details / syllabus An introductory laboratory experience to help students understand light and color. Many optical phenomena will be investigated in laboratory activities including lenses, vision and perception, interf
erence, diffraction, the photoelectric effect, and atomic spectra. Cannot be counted toward the physics major. (Not open to students with prior credit for physics courses numbered PHYS 113 or higher without department approval.) Corequisite: PHYS 106. Offered every spring.
View course details / syllabus Devoted to the understanding of some of the classic experiments in physics. Experiments are from all fields of physics, but particular attention is given to experiments which complement courses being
View course details / syllabus This course will explore multiple descriptions of light leading to an exploration of modern applications of optics. Models of light explored will include physical optics, geometric optics and Gaussian
beam optics. Some of the applications discussed will include imaging, fiber optics, lasers and nonlinear
optics. Prerequisites: PHYS 223 and PHYS 228. Offered spring, even years.