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QUANTUM COMPUTING

INTRO TO MODERN SCIENCE AND APPLICATIONS OF QUANTUM PHYSICS

Quantum Computing offers an introduction to the modern science and technological applications of quantum physics. Students will develop a deep understanding of the seemingly bizarre quantum world and how its "weirdness" may be harnessed to solve real-world problems. Students taking this course will acquire unique technical skills in physics, programming, cybersecurity, and mathematics; as well as valuable soft skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication through class activities and group projects.

Proficiency in algebra and geometry is assumed. This course lays the conceptual groundwork for STEM majors. Students will experience a high-quality curriculum designed by the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) and can earn up to three hours of college credit, with feedback and assessment provided by UT Austin course staff.

BIG IDEAS

SUPERPOSITION

How do quantum bits (qubits) differ from classical bits? Topics include binary data, classical light, vectors, polarization, and Malus's Law.

MEASUREMENT

Explore the connection between the invisible quantum world and classical observations. Topics include the Born rule, measurement bases, matrices, single-qubit gates, and wave-particle duality.

ENTANGLEMENT

Discover the "magic" that connects qubits and makes quantum computers so powerful. Topics include two-qubit gates, tensor operations, and Bell states.

QUANTUM NETWORKS

Design secure communication systems that are protected by the laws of quantum physics! Topics include cybersecurity, quantum cryptography, teleportation, and entanglement swapping.

QUANTUM PROGRAMMING

Program a real quantum computer! Topics include basic classical programming (in Python), quantum algorithms, and running programs on quantum hardware.

  • 3 College Credits
  • UT Course Code: PHY 309L
  • TCCN: PHYS 1307

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