About
Coursework
Modules

Welcome to an interdisciplinary, introductory course in Quantum Computing!
 The course will be offered in Spring 2023, 3.455.00pm
Tuesdays/Thursdays.
 Important:
 To register:
 First fill out this Google form
 We will send out emails after permission is given. This
could take a week after registration opens.
 Course number for undergrads: CS3907, Section 88.
 Course number for grads: CS6907, Section 84.
 The course website (this one) will be developed as the course
proceeds.
 The course is open to interested undergrads and grads from
computer science, engineering, mathematical and physical sciences,
and anyone else with the background and curiosity.
 The most important prerequisites for the course are:
 A full (undergraduate) course in linear algebra, equivalent to
Math2184, or Math2185, or CS4342.
 Willingness and interest in working through mathematical formalism and
notation.
 Curiosity.
Note: there will be no programming required in the course,
although optional programming projects may be included.
 What can you expect in terms of coursework?
 Homework problems
 A final exam
 Grad students will have additional work and will be separately graded.
Since this is an elective course with conceptually challenging
material, the overall workload will be less
than that of a typical required computer science course.
 Finally, let's ask: why should anyone be interested in quantum
computing?
 Global investment in quantum computing is expected to
to grow to $10B/year in 2024
(source),
including $1B/year from the U.S. government's
National Quantum Initiative.
 Quantum computing involves a radically different type of
hardware and thinking, building on quantum mechanics (which
is itself quite different from Newtonian physics).
 See what others say:
IBM,
Microsoft,
Google,
Amazon.
 Some questions the course will address:
 How does quantum computing work, and how exactly does it
exploit the strange quantum properties of matter?
 How does quantum computing break conventional cryptography,
and why is a quantum network far more secure?
 What is meant by quantum teleportation and entanglement?
 What did Einstein get wrong? (The EPR paradox and its resolution).
