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MATH 3QC3, Winter 2019

INTRODUCTION TO QUANTUM COMPUTING

A traditional computer encodes information using long strings of 0’s and 1’s --- bits. A quantum computer uses quantum bits, or cubits, that demonstrate the phenomena of superposition and entanglement.  Superposition is the ability of a quantum system to be in different states at the same time; entanglement is the correlation of two quantum particles, even potentially a long distance apart. A quantum computer takes advantage of its cubits by performing many computations simultaneously. In this course, we will look at some of the underlying theory (no physics assumed!)  and also study some of the algorithms which have been written for potential quantum computers.

INSTRUCTOR:  P. Speissegger

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3 unit(s)
Postulates of quantum mechanics for finite dimensional systems; information on quantum bits, logical operations and quantum gates; quantum parallelism and complexity theory; examples of quantum algorithms.
Three lectures; one term
Prerequisite(s): One of MATH 2A03, 2X03 or ISCI 2A18 A/B; and MATH 2R03


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McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

Department of Mathematics & Statistics
McMaster University

Hamilton Hall, Room 218
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.27034
Undergrad Email Inquiries:
undergrad@math.mcmaster.ca