Introduction to Quantum Computing
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of quantum computing and helps them understand and create quantum solutions from a computational and from a mathematical perspective. Students will learn, create, and debug quantum modules and further their knowledge by answering questions on the different aspects of each module. Students will build quantum simulators and write programs that formulate concepts such as quantum entanglement and teleportation. Students will also develop an awareness of related environmental and societal issues and will learn about secondary and postsecondary pathways and career opportunities in quantum computing.
Upcoming start dates
- Self-paced Online
Who should attend?
- Grade 12 Physics and Math
- Basic Python
Computer Technology Fundamentals
- identify and describe the functions of, as well as important advances related to, electronic and computer components;
- demonstrate a basic understanding of computer networks and their components;
- demonstrate a basic understanding of binary numbers and digital logic.
Computer Technology Skills
- install and configure the hardware and operating system of a workstation, and use file management techniques effectively;
- construct and test simple interfaces and other electronic circuits;
- assemble and configure a simple computer network;
- install and use a variety of software;
- apply fundamental programming concepts to develop a variety of simple programs, including a program to control an external device.
Technology, the Environment, and Society
- identify harmful effects of the widespread use of computers and associated technologies on the environment, as well as agencies that reduce these effects;
- identify effects of the widespread use of computers and associated technologies on society.
Professional Practice and Career Opportunities
- follow appropriate health and safety procedures when assembling, using, and maintaining computer systems;
- demonstrate an understanding of ethical and security issues related to the use of computers;
- identify various careers related to computer technology and describe the education and/or training required for them.
Course delivery details
This course is offered through University of British Columbia, a partner institute of EdX.
4-6 hours per week
- Verified Track -$15
- Audit Track - Free
Certification / Credits
What you'll learn
- Learn about qubits, which are the building blocks of quantum computing
- Understand the ways in which quantum computing and mechanics is different from classical computing and mechanics
- Learn about the various use cases of quantum computing (e.g., Quantum searching, Haber-Bosch process, Teleportation etc.)
- Gain an intuitive understanding into how a qubit works with the help of simulations to play with
- Learn how quantum gates can be developed and develop them to solve problems
- Delve into building quantum solutions from a computational perspective by understanding coding fundamentals and implementing them in Python
- Gain working experience in building quantum gates with Scratch, IBM Circuit Composer, and Qiskit
- Delve into understanding qubit states and gate operations using mathematical notations
- Extend their knowledge by briefly exploring advanced quantum circuits and algorithms (e.g., Dutsch-Josza algorithm)
- Understand the environmental and societal impact of quantum computing and its solutions
- Explore secondary and post-secondary pathways as well as career opportunities in the quantum computing field
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