"People who wish to analyze nature without using mathematics must settle for a reduced understanding." Richard Feynman, PhD, Nobel Laureate.

Welcome to my website

I am a physics instructor at Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia. I teach engineering bridge students, who will enter third year engineering at the University of Victoria or the University of British Columbia after finishing a six month program at the college. I also teach a Biomechanics course for the Bachelor of Athlete Therapy program here at the college. New for winter 2017 is a Renewable Energy course that I have developed for the Mechanical Technology students. You will find course outlines, class schedules, problem assignments and solutions by clicking on course links above or to the left.

Research

In 2008 I completed a PhD in climate modeling at the University of Victoria. My areas of research are abrupt climate change and stochastic climate models of the thermohaline circulation in the North Atlantic. I try to incorporate a few lectures on climate change into all of my classes.

Publications

  • Alexander, J. and A.H. Monahan: Non-normal perturbation growth of pure thermohaline circulation using a 2-D zonally averaged model , Feb. 2009, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 39, No.2, pp369-386. PDF file
  • Monahan, A.H., J. Alexander, and A.J. Weaver: Stochastic models of the meridional overturning circulation: Timescales and patterns of variability, Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. A , 366, 2527-2544, 2008. PDF file
  • Alexander,J.: Nonnormal perturbaion growth and optimal excitation of the thermohaoine circulation using a 2D zonally averaged model, PhD Dissertation, 2008.PDF file
  • Alexander,J.: The Physics of Boat Acceleration Curves for Rowing Shells, 2015.Youtube video
  • Alexander,J.: A Biomechanical Analysis of Rowing Part 1, 2015.Youtube video
  • Alexander,J.: A Biomechanical Analysis of Rowing Part 2, 2015.Youtube video
  • Picciotto, C, and Kopac, J (Alexander) Double-beta-decay suppression with three generations of Majorana neutrinos , Sept. 1985, Phys. Rev. D, 32, No.5, pp1241-1243. PDF file

Additional Interests

I have been an athlete all my life. I competed at the national level in gymnastics in my teens, played volleyball in university and took up rowing in 1999. My brother, John Alexander, and I have won numerous World Championship gold metals in the masters mixed double. We recently won gold at the 2015 World Masters Regatta in Belgium. I row my single shell on Elk Lake four to five times a week and bicycle and do weights for cross training.

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World Masters Belgium 2015 Canadian Masters Gold medal 2014