Physics

Welcome

The purpose of this website is to provide information on our department’s faculty, and to provide current students access to common department documents like problem set solutions, sample final exams and equation sheets, as well as useful links.

For class-specific resources, current students should connect to their teacher’s course-management system, such as Lea or Moodle. To learn about the college, its program structure, application procedures and more, visit the John Abbott College website.

Department

Members of the Department

Paul Bazelais :

Paul Bazelais


514-457-6610 ext. 5439
HS-217
paul.bazelais@johnabbott.qc.ca


Michael Dugdale :

Michael Dugdale


514-457-6610 ext. 5888
HS-216
michael.dugdale@johnabbott.qc.ca


Jonathan Guillemette :

Jonathan Guillemette


514-457-6610 ext. 5026
HS-218 Physics
jonathan.guillemette@johnabbott.qc.ca

Born and raised in the West Island, I just started teaching at JAC in January 2014. I obtained my PhD from McGill University in January 2014 in nanoelectronics during which I had the opportunity to experiment on the world’s largest magnets! I’ve been interested in teaching as well as studying learning from a quantitative perspective since I started my graduate studies in physics. This interest has allowed me to spend the 2014 summer in Boston working with a physics education group at Harvard and an education group at Tufts. My door is always open should you want to discuss making maple syrup, who to start in fantasy football or to discuss the latest Habs game… and of course physics.


Kieran Hackett :

Kieran Hackett


514-457-6610 ext. 5891
HS-212
kieran.hackett@johnabbott.qc.ca


Cindy Hunzinger : Co-Chair

Cindy Hunzinger

Co-Chair
514-457-6610 ext. 5170
HS-215 Physics
cindy.hunzinger@johnabbott.qc.ca

I am a former John Abbott student. I graduated from McGill University in Civil Engineering (B.Eng 2000) and Structural Engineering (M.Eng 2002). After working for 9 years at an engineering consulting firm where I was designing bridges, I joined the AMAZING physics department at John Abbott.


Phoebe Jackson :

Phoebe Jackson


514-457-6610 ext. 5467
HS-215 Physics
phoebe.jackson@johnabbott.qc.ca


Karim Jaffer :

Karim Jaffer


514-457-6610 ext. 5897
HS-218
karim.jaffer@johnabbott.qc.ca

I have been at JAC since 2006, teaching a variety of Physics and Pathways courses. I am an active researcher in Physics & Science Education, having served on several provincial projects in Math & Science education across the Secondary, Cegep and University levels. I have also taught in Physics, Education and Exercise Science at Bishop’s University, in Physics at Carleton University and at Marianopolis College.


Amin Khalili :

Amin Khalili


514-457-6610 ext. 5895
HS-217
amin.khalili@johnabott.qc.ca


Brian Larade :

Brian Larade


514-457-6610 ext. 5996
HS-211
brian.larade@johnabbott.qc.ca

After graduating from physics at Mount Allison University (1998), I tackled my PhD (2002) at McGill, focusing on theoretical Quantum Mechanics. Not feeling punished enough, I ventured to Silicon Valley for a few years, working in the Quantum Science division of Hewlett Packard. I eventually found myself missing Montreal, and returned to a start-up company, after which I decided to give teaching a try. Joined the department here at John Abbott in 2007, and I can say with confidence it’s the best decision I ever made.


Chris Larnder :

Chris Larnder


514-457-6610 ext. 5890
HS-212
chris.larnder@johnabbott.qc.ca

I was happily teaching physics at Bishop’s University (academic years 1996 and 1997 ) when fellow McGill graduates convinced me to join them in a physics simulation start-up company in Montreal. I ended up spending the next eight years building physics and collision detection software for all kinds of 3D environments, including robotic and vehicular simulators, video games running on PS2, XBox and GameCube, virtual actors, and 3D animation packages for the film industry.I still track these many forms of virtual reality through my involvement in Montreal ACM SIGGRAPH, a computer graphics organization that produces regular public events with invited speakers from industry and government, academic researchers, educators and artists exploring the digital domain.


Nathaniel Lasry :

Nathaniel Lasry


514-457-6610 ext. 5655
HS-218
nathaniel.lasry@johnabbott.qc.ca

Nathaniel Lasry received his undergraduate degree in physics from Université de Sherbrooke (1996) and a Masters in high-energy physics from the Université du Quebec a Montreal (2000). He completed a Bachelors of Education at the University of Ottawa (1999) before beginning to teach physics at John Abbott College. Shocked by the disconnect that his students perceived between abstract classroom-physics and the view of physics as embedded in the real-world, he then completed a PhD in Education at McGill University (2006). Dr Lasry spent the following two years as a post-doc at the Harvard School of Engineering & Applied Science working with Prof. Eric Mazur. He went on to develop the first online Problem-Based Learning resource for College physicsin French and English. This digital resource, used by over a thousand teachers across 6 continents, is indexed in major digital libraries such as org. He is also the author of Understanding Authentic Learning: from social practice to neuro-cognitive processes and of several papers on science education, ranging from neurocognitive models of learning to the effectiveness of technology in classrooms. Dr Lasry was awarded the Saut-Quantique-Merck Frosst teaching prize in 2006 and the Canadian Association of Physicists Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010. Dr Lasry continues to enjoy teaching physics at John Abbott College and devotes much of his time to Physics Education Research. He is the founding president of the Quebec Association of Physics Teachers, a faculty member of the Center for the Study of Learning and Performance and the Director of Affiliate Members of the Canadian Association of Physicists. In his spare time, he enjoys portraying the magic of physics through the physics of magic; something he can occasionally be seen demonstrating on Discovery Channel or CanalD.


Edith Mak : Technician

Edith Mak

Technician
514-457-6610 ext. 5884
HS-239
edith.mak@johnabbott.qc.ca


Greg Mulcair :

Greg Mulcair


514-457-6610 ext. 5898
HS-209
greg.mulcair@johnabbott.qc.ca

I’m a John Abbott grad who went on to do my B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering at McGill University (where I was a member of the Mini Baja team) and my M.Eng in Aerospace Engineering at École Polytechnique (where I was project manager for a 21-student collaborative project with Bombardier, Bell Helicopter and Pratt & Whitney Canada). I worked for two years at Pratt & Whitney Canada within the Digital Engine program (evolving computer software towards the next generation of engineering design), before starting teaching part-time at John Abbott in the Engineering Technologies department in 2009. I joined the Physics department shortly thereafter and have continued to explore ways in which technology can be used to help students better engage with, and better grasp, the concepts taught in the sciences.


Alen Ozumit :

Alen Ozumit


514-457-6610 ext. 5885
HS-239
alen.ozumit@johnabbott.qc.ca


Michael Pagano :

Michael Pagano


514-457-6610 ext. 5984
HS-213
michael.pagano@johnabbott.qc.ca


Nanouk Paré :

Nanouk Paré


514-457-6610 ext. 5859
HS-215
nanouk.pare@johnabbott.qc.ca


Etienne Portelance :

Etienne Portelance


514-457-6610 ext. 5468
HS-218
etienne.portelance@johnabbott.qc.ca

I started teaching at John Abbott in 2016. Prior to that, I got my Engineering masters and bachelor degrees at École Polytechnique in Montreal. I worked for Bombardier, General Electric, Alstom, Messier Bugatti, a French consulting company and the very famous École de voile de Lachine where I taught sailing. I've worked on planes, trains (metro and tram-train stations mostly) and X-ray machines.


Bruce Tracy :

Bruce Tracy


514-457-6610 ext. 5815
HS-211
bruce.tracy@johnabbott.qc.ca

I graduated from McGill University in Aerospace Engineering (B. Eng 1991, M. Eng. 1992). After working for a year on the doomed EH-101 helicopters, I joined Maya Heat Transfer for a little over six years, initially in Montreal, and then for three years based in Paris, France selling computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer analysis software. Following a three-year stint as a stay-at-home dad with my two sons, I taught Mathematics at The Henley College in England. I joined the Physics Department at John Abbott in August 2004 and I’m glad to be here!


Christopher Tromp :

Christopher Tromp


514-457-6610 ext. 5889
HS-208
christopher.tromp@johnabbott.qc.ca

After oscillating a bit between studying physics and engineering, I finally settled on engineering, completing a B. Eng. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering at McGill. Although doing all the math and physics involved in Engineering was lots of fun, I found explaining it to other people was even more fun, so I decided to become a teacher. I taught Math and Physics at various high schools in and around Montreal for about 15 years, and then came to Abbott in the fall of 2007.


Caroline Viger : Chair

Caroline Viger

Chair
514-457-6610 ext. 5887
HS-214
caroline.viger@johnabbott.qc.ca

Caroline graduated from McGill University in Montreal in 2001, with a major in Physics, a minor in Earth and Planetary Science and a whole bunch of Computer Science credits, because she figured it would be useful. She graduated from Université Laval in Quebec City in 2004, with a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the COPL (Centre d’Optique Photonique et Laser) and a Certificate in College Pedagogy. She has taught physics at John Abbott College since 2004. Her current interests are active classrooms and improving conceptual understanding of Electricity and Magnetism.


Courses

We teach courses in the Science & Honours Science and Arts & Sciences program as well as complementary courses. We invite you to browse through the appropriate sections of the Course Calendar.

Textbook

As of Fall 2017, the Physics textbook used at John Abbott College is based on the OpenStax University Physics textbook (not the College Physics version used previously).

  • The selected chapters for each course can be downloaded below (you can also get printed versions at the bookstore).
  • The full version can be downloaded for free in various formats here: Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3
  • An optional donation to OpenStax can be made here: https://openstaxcollege.org/donate

Physics NYA textbook

Physics NYB textbook

Physics NYC textbook

Equations

Equation Sheets

These equation sheets are also found in the back of the lab manual for the respective course. Students are provided the equation sheet for the final exam and in most cases for in-class tests (check with your teacher).

Solutions

Exams

Sample Final Exams

These sample final exams and answers are offered to you “as-is”. There are no solutions available for these sample final exams, only the final answers.

Links