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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
My Classes

Phys 102:
Science of Sound

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    The production, transmission, recording, and sensation of sound are presented in a lecture-demonstration format. Examples of mechanical vibrations, mechanisms of hearing and speech, perception of loudness, high-fidelity sound systems, musical instruments, and wave form analysis are included. The mathematics used is limited to elementary algebra. Cannot be counted towards the physics major. Not open to students with prior credit for physics courses numbered PHYS 113 or higher without department approval. Corequisite: PHYS 103. Offered every fall

PHYS 362:
Intermediate Laboratory

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    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.

PHYS 386:
Solid State Physics

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    Basic physical processes which occur in solids, especially semi-conductors and metals, are studied. Applications of quantum mechanics and statistics to the thermal and electrical properties of various types of solids are made. Prerequisites: PHYS 224, PHYS 228 and MATH 326 or permission of the department. Offered spring, even years