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.


Members of the Department

Bazelais, Paul :

Bazelais, Paul

514-457-6610 ext. 5439

Camirand, Hubert :

Camirand, Hubert

514-457-6610 ext. 5026

Dugdale, Michael :

Dugdale, Michael

514-457-6610 ext. 5888

Foran, Kelly :

Foran, Kelly


Hackett, Kieran : Chair

Hackett, Kieran

514-457-6610 ext. 5891

Hunzinger, Cindy : Co-Chair

Hunzinger, Cindy

514-457-6610 ext. 5170

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.

Jackson, Phoebe :

Jackson, Phoebe

514-457-6610 ext. 5467

Jaffer, Karim :

Jaffer, Karim

514-457-6610 ext. 5897

I have been at John Abbott College (JAC) since 2006 teaching a variety of Physics and Pathways courses, and began teaching the Introductory Astronomy course in 2016 including the coordination of Astronomy observing activities and equipment available for students to borrow. I am an active researcher in Physics & Science Education, having served and coordinated several provincial projects in Math & Science education across the Secondary, Cegep and University levels. I have also taught in Physics, Mathematics, Education and Exercise Science at Bishop’s University, in Physics at Carleton University and at Marianopolis College. I am also currently the public events coordinator for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) - Montreal Centre.

Kirchner, Gary :

Kirchner, Gary

514-457-6610 ext. 5594

I am a former John Abbott student (early ’70s era) and I have been teaching physics at various places around the universe for the past thirty years. I have been with the physics staff at JAC since 1998.I enjoy sports. I coached football for a few decades with the McGill University Redmen, and I can still tell the difference between a football and a soccer ball. I like to compete in cross country skiing and triathlons. Other interests of mine include astronomy and creative writing. My career as a rock star hasn’t taken off yet, but keep listening.

Khalili, Amin :

Khalili, Amin

514-457-6610 ext. 5895

Larade, Brian :

Larade, Brian

514-457-6610 ext. 5996

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.

Larnder, Chris :

Larnder, Chris

514-457-6610 ext. 5890

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.

Lasry, Nathaniel :

Lasry, Nathaniel


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.

Mak, Edith : Technician

Mak, Edith

514-457-6610 ext. 5884

Mastorakos, Maria :

Mastorakos, Maria

514-457-6610 ext. 5192

Mulcair, Greg :

Mulcair, Greg

514-457-6610 ext. 5898

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.

Ozumit, Alen :

Ozumit, Alen

514-457-6610 ext. 5885

Pagano, Michael :

Pagano, Michael

514-457-6610 ext. 5984

Paré, Nanouk :

Paré, Nanouk

514-457-6610 ext. 5859

Portelance, Etienne :

Portelance, Etienne

514-457-6610 ext. 5468

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.

Richard, Michael :

Richard, Michael

514-457-6610 ext. 5789

Tracy, Bruce :

Tracy, Bruce

514-457-6610 ext. 5815

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!

Tromp, Christopher :

Tromp, Christopher

514-457-6610 ext. 5889

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.

Viger, Caroline :

Viger, Caroline

514-457-6610 ext. 5887

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.


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 Program Planner.


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


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).



Sample Final Exams

These sample final exams are offered to you “as-is”. For NYB and NYC, the final answers are on the last page of the exam. We recommend you use these to check your work and resist the temptation to read the “Full Solutions” file unless absolutely necessary. This will better prepare you for the real exam.