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James McLean

Associate Professor of


ISC 228G
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

James McLean has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1999.


Faculty Information


  • Ph.D., Experimental Physics; Cornell University (Solid State Surface Physics)
  • B.S., Physics; Brown University
Spring 2015 Classes

INTD 220:
History of Physical Sciences

    This course will explore the history of the physical sciences: physics, chemistry, geology, and related fields. Attention will be given to both the scientific advances (especially as revealed in key e
    xperiments), and also the broader development of a scientific world view. After initial class meetings, small teams of students will work independently to produce a focused study on a particular person, experiment, or institution. Each team will have members from the sciences and members from the humanities. The course focus will be on Western thought between the years 1500 and 1900, although a few projects outside those guidelines may be allowed with instructor permission. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and junior standing with a major of History, Philosophy, Physics, Chemistry or Geology. Offered in Spring when demand is sufficient
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PHYS 125:
Analytical Physics II

    An analytical, calculus-based treatment of charge, electrostatic and magnetostatic fields, simple applications of Maxwell's equations, Lenz's law, basic electrical circuits, mechanical and electromagn
    etic waves, and geometric optics. Prerequisites: PHYS 123 or permission of instructor. Corequisites: PHYS 126 or PHYS 116 or permission of department. Prerequisites/ Corequisites: MATH 222 or MATH 228 permission of instructor. Offered every spring
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PHYS 362:
Intermediate Laboratory

    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
    taken concurrently. Prerequisites: PHYS 226.
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