Simons Institute Senior Advisor Umesh Vazirani is currently teaching a massive open online course (MOOC) on Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computation.
This ten-week course officially began on Monday, June 15 but is open for enrollment through June 26. Offered through BerkeleyX on the edX platform, the course is free of charge. You can register for a verified certificate for a small fee.
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 recent Google quantum supremacy experiment.