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$55/h
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Lessons offered by Brett
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Statistics
  • Information Technology
  • Astrophysics
Levels
  • All Levels

Physics and Math Doctorate teaching physics and math for high school and university students, and also for Prize Competitions! Online and in Calgary and Toronto area.

Methodology

Every student wants to enjoy and see the fun in problem solving, and to have all the tools they need to solve even the hardest of problems without having to memorize a plethora of formulae. My teaching methods involve a range of styles from lecture-type to guiding problem solving and Q&A periods. I teach both one-on-one and group classes, both in person and mostly online.
A typical class begins with a short lecture, if necessary, and then is followed by example problems, then guided problems and time for Q&A. Then emphasis on important concepts is made and applied to more problems. Special techniques are then highlighted and put into the students' 'bag of tricks' :)
I am special as a tutor in that my experience can be applied to any level of problem, and outside of physics as well, and there are many fun different approaches to solving a given problem in physics. I will be sure to make the learning exciting and show how fun problem solving can be!

Background

I am a physics lecturer for high school students in advanced International Physics Olympiads and other competitions, and a researcher in high energy theory. I have been teaching for 12 years, and tutoring professionally for 15 years.
I have a PhD in Physics from the University of Toronto, a Masters of Science in Physics from Caltech, and two Bachelor's degrees in Math and Physics from the University of Calgary.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $ 55/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $275
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $500

Details

Rate is for advanced level or contest course students, and is for online teaching. A minimum rate of $45/hr for less advanced level courses and/or if sessions are at least two hours long and regularly scheduled.

Lessons offered by Brett
Individual
The lessons will be held
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Statistics
  • Information Technology
  • Astrophysics
Levels
  • All Levels

Brett's Resume

Academic History

University of Toronto Sep 2011 – May 2015
Doctorate of Philosophy continued. Transferred from studies begun at Caltech. PhD received Fall 2015.

California Institute of Technology Sep 2008 – July 2010
Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) Theoretical Physics started. Written Qualification exams passed as of June 2009. Master of Science (MS) received June 2011. Research/Independent Study

University of Calgary Sep 2005 – May 2008
Bachelor’s of Science (B.Sc.). Double Honours Major in Pure Mathematics and Physics. Minor in Applied Mathematics

Western Canada High School Sep 2002 – June 2005
Bilingual International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Bilingual High School Diploma (French and English)

Research Experience

Research in Extra-dimensional Theories with extra time-like dimensions. Nemalux Company Project & Publications.
Calgary, Canada | Feb 2017 – Present
Research into theories with a specific 6D nature with extra time-like
dimensions, in particular three time dimensions with SO(3,3) symmetry. Applications include a new efficient way to teach mathematics and physics, new algebras and new algebraic methods, extra dimensions are spinorial and timelike via twistor spaces, and many applications to mathematical finance, condensed matter, quasicrystals, chemistry, biology, particle theory and unsolved problems therein as well as in cosmology, grand unified theories in physics, and even applications to linguistics, sociology and politics as well.
Publications coming out:
• 6D Mathematics:Emergent Natural Laws of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Social Sciences
• The Search for the Grande Algorithm and the Chained Superorganism
• The Democratic Quality Vector and the New Social Agreement Several Government grants received including FQXI & IRAP

Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council. Postgraduate Doctoral Fellowship. Research & Thesis, University of Toronto | June 2011 – Aug 2015
Topics:
• Towards Explicit Mechanisms of Confinement in 3 and 4-D gauge theories
• Confinement/Deconfinement phase transitions in 3 and 4-D
• Model building Beyond the Standard Model (BSM) with or without supersymmetry
• Dualities in Gauge Theories

Thesis: Deconfinement and Duality of (super) Yang-Mills on toroidially compactified spacetimes for all gauge groups

Theoretical Physics Research/Independent Study, California Institute of Technology
Jan 2009 – July 2010
Topics:
• Knot Homologies in Classifying 3-D quantum gauge theories and surface operators for 4-D theories
• Readings on Mirror Symmetry & Geometric Langland’s Correspondence
• Independent Study on Geometric Renormalization & Motivic Cohomology


Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Undergraduate Research Award (USRA)

Applied Mathematics Summer Research, University of Calgary | May-Aug 2008
• Research in Black Hole Perturbation Equations in Various Spacetimes
• Research in Differential Galois Theory in Solving Differential Equations

Physics Summer Research, University of Toronto | May-Aug 2007
• High-Field Optics, and Ultra-Intense Laser Matter Interaction Group
• High-Order Harmonic Generation from Nickel Velvet Targets (experimental research at ALLS, Advanced Laser Light Source, in Varennes QC: INRS-EMT – l’Institut national de recherche scientifique)
• Theoretical PIC Code Simulations of the Experiment in Collaboration with Theoretical Research Team at École Polytechnique, France.

Pure Mathematics Summer Research, University of Calgary | May-Aug 2006
• Research in the Study of Complex Riemann Surfaces
• Proofs of Cases in Abel’s General Curve Theorem


Awards

NSERC Post-graduate Doctoral Fellowship
2009-2013

Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP)
• Second Place Undergraduate Prize
Exam 2007
• Seventh Place Undergraduate Prize
Exam 2006
• Ninth Place Undergraduate Prize Exam 2008.
(National rankings on theoretical competition out of competitors from over 27 universities.)

Gov of Germany Prize
• For highest grade in all first year German courses UCalgary 2008

Selection for 36th International Physics Olympiad
Salamanca, Spain | 2005
• Top 5 Physics Students from each of over 80 different countries selected for intense Theoretical
and Experimental Competitions. Selection based on:
• Third Place CAP High School Prize Exam, including First in Alberta
• Selected from thousands of Canadian High School competitors to participate
in National Olympiad Finals in Toronto in both 2004 and 2005, where national finalists compete

Dean’s List
• 2005 – 2006 – 2007 – 2008


Teaching Experience

University of Toronto
• Physics 224 (Fall 2012) and 324 (Winter 2014): Practical Physics I/II & computational physics demonstrator and grader
• Condensed Matter Physics (Fall 2014) Grader
• Advanced Physics Labs (Fall 2014 and Winter 2015): Lab Demonstrator
• Physics 1500: Graduate Statistical Mechanics (Fall 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
TA, tutorial leader, problem set designer and grader
• Physics 180 (Fall 2015) Elements of Physics for Engineers
TA, tutorial leader, problem set, quiz and solution design, grader
• Physics 131: Introduction to Physics 1 (Fall 2011)
Practicals and Tutorial Lecturer and Instructor, Marker
• POPTOR physics Olympiad trainer and instructor (2012-2014)
• Canadian Association of Physicists University Prize Exam Grader (Winter 2016)
Graded Nationwide Undergraduate Prize Exams from dozens of universities across Canada

California Institute of Technology
• Physics 8b and c: Electromagnetism Laboratory (Winter & Spring 2009)
Help Lab Teaching Assistant, Tutorial Instructor and Grader
TA with Nobel Laureate David Politzer
• Physics 5 and 105: Graduate and Sophomore Electronics Lab (Fall 2009)
Laboratory Design, Tutorial Instructor, Grader and Lab Assistant

Ryerson University
• Private tutor for over 6 courses including Multimedia, Probability, Statistics, Stochastic Processes, Electronics I and II, Electrical Engineering, and Software Engineering

University of Calgary
• Private tutor for over 8 courses (2005 - present)
• Instructor for Canadian Association of Physicists University Prize Exam (Winter 2019)

Olympiads School
• Lecturer of University Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electrodynamics, and Optics for the top ten High School students in Canada competing in the National and International Physics Olympiads (Fall 2016 – present)
• Instructor of Canadian and American Competitions and Examinations of both Nation’s brightest students
• Instructor of CAYPT and IYPT (International Young Physicists’ Tournament) (Fall 2016 – Winter 2018)
• Students of mine made it to Israel for the International Olympiad this July 2019, and Portugal in 2018, as well as the IYPT in Beijing in 2018, and in Singapore in 2017


Scholarships

Physics Blythe Fellowship
2013-2014
• for novel research in theoretical physics

NSERC PGS-D Graduate Scholarship 2008-2012

Board of Governor’s Tuition & Fees Scholarship Jan 2008

25th Anniversary Scholarship in Mathematics & Statistics
• Selected twice in both Sep 2006 & Sep 2007
• Outstanding student of pure mathematics

O. George Fritz Scholarship
Sep 2007
• Outstanding fourth year physics student

Louise McKinney Scholarship
Feb 2007 & Feb 2008
• Academic merit

Bob Grainger Undergraduate Bursary Feb 2007

Alexander Rutherford Scholarship Sep 2005
• Academic merit

University of Calgary
May 2005
• Entrance (Merit Award)
• Math Extension Program Prize (First in First Year Calculus Course Challenge Exams)

Aug 2005
• International Baccalaureate Entrance Scholarship

Dean’s Academic Merit Admission Award May 2005


Publications

Deconfinement on R2xS1xS1 for all gauge groups and duality to double Coulomb gas
• Published in JHEP April 2016
• High Energ. Phys. (2016)

Deconfinement and continuity between thermal and (super) Yang-Mills theory for all gauge groups
• (University of Toronto) Published in JHEP June 2014

Deconfinement on R2xS1xS1 for all gauge groups and duality to double Coulomb gas and ‘affine’ XY model
• (University of Toronto) JHEP June 2015


Deconfinement and Duality of (super) Yang-Mills on toroidially compactified spacetimes for all gauge groups
(University of Toronto) Thesis June 2015

Deconfinement in N=1 super Yang-Mills theory on R3xS1 via dual-Coulomb gas and “affine” XY-model
• Published in JHEP November 2013


Seminars, Presentations and Colloquia

Deconfinement and continuity between super and thermal Yang-Mills theory for all gauge groups
University of Toronto Theoretical High Energy Physics seminar March 2015

Phase transitions in QCD and QCD-like theories
University of Toronto Summer Colloquium 2014

Coherent and incoherent radiation from ultra-intense laser interaction with nanostructured nickel nanowire ( `velvet’) targets
Abstract Submitted for Oral Presentation to the 49th Annual Meeting of the Division of Plasma Physics. Orlando, Florida | Nov 12–16, 2007

Theory and Experiment in ultra intense laser-matter interaction with nanostructures Ni-nanowire targets
Refereed Oral Presentation to the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) and the Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference (QELS) San Jose CA | May 2008

Ultra-Intense 35fs Laser-Matter Interaction Physics in Nanostructured Ni- Nanowire Targets Rochester, NY | October 19-23 2008
• Refereed Oral Presentation for Frontiers in Optics, Laser Science XXIV – American Physical Society Annual Meeting

Towards Confinement in 3D: Deformation, Duality, Decompactification
• Oral Presentation for PhD Interview at Universiteit van Amsterdam
• June 2011, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

High Harmonic Generation in Gases: Applications to Electron Orbital Tomography and Attosecond Dynamics
• Oral Presentation for the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference (CUPC), October 2007, Vancouver BC.

Differential Galois Theory and its Application to Black Hole Perturbations
• Oral Presentation for the Canadian Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (CUMC), July 2008, Toronto, ON.


Advanced Coursework and Schools

Jerusalem Winter School of Theoretical Physics: Particle Theory and Cosmology Dec. 27, 2011 – Jan. 5, 2012

Caltech Advanced Coursework 2009-2010
• Neural Computation
• Term Paper: Path Integral Methods in Exact Solutions of Learning and Decision Models. Grade: A
• String Theory (3 courses)
• Quantum Field Theory (3 courses)
• Term Project: Instantons and Theta Vacua
• Advanced Mathematical Methods (3 courses)
• Advanced Particle Theory (topological, beyond standard model, and supersymmetry). Grade: A
• Term Presentation: Instantons in Supersymmetry Breaking
• Many others… + Passed PhD Written Qualifying Exams

Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences
University of New Brunswick July 2008
• Representation Theory of Algebras (Grade Received: A)
• Mathematical Finance (Grade Received: A)
• Term Paper and Presentation: Path Integral Methods in the Pricing of Exotic Options
July 2009
• Quantum Information Theory (Grade: A)
• Algebraic Combinatorics (Grade: A-)
• Term Paper and Presentation: Discrete Morse Theory with Applications to Theoretical Physics

The 3 reviews on Brett
  • 5/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are given in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.
T
Tan

Perfect! Excellent teacher. He is super adaptable to your particular learning needs. His notes are super intuitive to consult if you want something other than the textbook!

2 recommendations

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Darryl

Brett is my nephew and friend. He shares the same intelligence and wit as his father. He has an adventurous Spirit somewhat like his mother. One of the main reasons I connect with Brett is because we both share that honest reputation. Concern for others In general. Making it a win-win situation but it doesn't always go that way in this kind of world. But those who are willing to learn and have an open mind can really connect with Brett. He needs a little coaxing sometimes but don't be afraid to ask because he has alot of knowledge and even wisdom for his age, especially when it comes to physics. He has taught the olympiads more than once and his students really connect with him and admire him. Brett just has that likeable quality. He wants his students to learn but at the same time fun being that they are still young and full of Adventure. Advancing the mindset have young students takes more than one mindset to be successful in life. I have no doubt that Brett is confident in his studies and wanting others to learn in his dynamic of teaching physics. I really do have praise for this young man. The learning connection with Brett would be both beneficial for the teacher and the student. How much are you willing to apply and be curious about your education ? A smoother pathway for success and enlightenment on ones journey.

Darryl Friesen

J
Jode

Brett is a Genius! Brett's grace and understanding of the most difficult University level physics and math is impressive. With respect to physics and teaching, Brett is fun and patient while his passion for the subject is contagious! There really is no other equal that I have ever met.

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