Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computation

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Quantum computation is a remarkable subject building on the great computational discovery that computers based on quantum mechanics are exponentially powerful. This course aims to make this cutting-edge material broadly accessible to undergraduate students, including computer science majors who do not have any prior exposure to quantum mechanics. The course starts with a simple introduction to the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics using the concepts of qubits (or quantum bits) and quantum gates. This treatment emphasizes the paradoxical nature of the subject, including entanglement, non-local correlations, the no-cloning theorem and quantum teleportation. The course covers the fundamentals of quantum algorithms, including the quantum fourier transform, period finding, Shor's quantum algorithm for factoring integers, as well as the prospects for quantum algorithms for NP-complete problems. It also discusses the basic ideas b...

Quantum computation is a remarkable subject building on the great computational discovery that computers based on quantum mechanics are exponentially powerful. This course aims to make this cutting-edge material broadly accessible to undergraduate students, including computer science majors who do not have any prior exposure to quantum mechanics. The course starts with a simple introduction to the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics using the concepts of qubits (or quantum bits) and quantum gates. This treatment emphasizes the paradoxical nature of the subject, including entanglement, non-local correlations, the no-cloning theorem and quantum teleportation. The course covers the fundamentals of quantum algorithms, including the quantum fourier transform, period finding, Shor's quantum algorithm for factoring integers, as well as the prospects for quantum algorithms for NP-complete problems. It also discusses the basic ideas behind the experimental realization of quantum computers, including the prospects for adiabatic quantum optimization and the D-Wave controversy.

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Do I need a textbook for this class?
No. Notes will be posted each week. If you wish to consult other references, a list of related textbooks and online resources will be provided.

What is the estimated effort for course?
About 5-12 hrs/week.

Why is the work load range so wide?
How long you spend on the course depends upon your background and on the depth to which you wish to understand the material. The topics in this course are quite open ended, and will be presented so you can understand them at a high level or can try to follow it at a sophisticated level with the help of the posted notes.

How much does it cost to take the course?
Nothing! The course is free.

Will the text of the lectures be available?
Yes. All of our lectures will have transcripts synced to the videos.

Do I need to watch the lectures live?
No. You can watch the lectures at your leisure.

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6 years, 3 months ago
This is an excellent course. I have previously tried studying this subject by myself, but have encountered many difficulties; for example, the Shor's algorithm. This course not only help me understand what I have struggled previously, it also help me clarify many of the fundamental concepts. I am richly benefited from taking the course. I would highly recommend anyone who interest or curious about this exciting subject.
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6 years, 3 months ago
This is an excellent course from which I benefitted enormously. I have some background in the topic from a long time ago when I did my PhD, but my natural interests in the subject propelled me to hang in there. I thought the course should have been a 13 week course where the faculty member spent spent more time on some of the key concepts. I felt that many things were "blackboxed" to keep it moving. We would have benefitted from more quizzing/drills after revery lecture. This is more a comment for edX than this particular course. There must be a quiz type that gives partial credit towards arriving at a solution. In the midterm and final exam, it is brutal to provide only one chance for a multiple choice question. Instead, providing graded intermediate steps resulting in possible partial credits would be great - think about the way how one grades written answers in a brick and mortar classroom. The professor was very good and clear. S... This is an excellent course from which I benefitted enormously. I have some background in the topic from a long time ago when I did my PhD, but my natural interests in the subject propelled me to hang in there. I thought the course should have been a 13 week course where the faculty member spent spent more time on some of the key concepts. I felt that many things were "blackboxed" to keep it moving. We would have benefitted from more quizzing/drills after revery lecture. This is more a comment for edX than this particular course. There must be a quiz type that gives partial credit towards arriving at a solution. In the midterm and final exam, it is brutal to provide only one chance for a multiple choice question. Instead, providing graded intermediate steps resulting in possible partial credits would be great - think about the way how one grades written answers in a brick and mortar classroom. The professor was very good and clear. Sometimes, the course notes could have been used far more effectively to expand on difficult topics that could not be covered at length in the videos. I learned a lot, which is what matters to me. Now, looking forward to an actual implementation of a quantum computer!
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6 years, 3 months ago
Fantastic course! This course is about quantum computation (quantum algorithms and its comparision with classical counterparts) and quantum mechanics (linear algebra based matchematical model describing quantum world) there is a bit also of quantum physics . So course is fully packed with awesom start. I feel it is great starting point for diving into quantum mechanics/informatics related area. Course require linear algebra skills (dealing with matrices), some experience with complexx numbers, integrals, basic probability and trigonomietry. It is quite demending (in my opinion) course to study it in depth. But even without full understanding I'm sure every student will get something valuable from it. I'm happy I took it. *Given workload is number of houres I spend weekly (I would spend more if I had some more time) on that course
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6 years, 3 months ago
I really love this course and I have create time from my very tide time. what a wonderful course!!!
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