Syllabus for Physics 483/683

An Introduction to Quantum Information and Computing

TuTh  2:30 - 3:45,  BPB 250

Instructor Dr. Zygelman BPB 227, Phone 1321

Office Hours TuTh BPB 227,  1:00-2:00 PM

Text:  We will not use a single textbook, as all course material in the form of Mathematica notebooks are included below. However we do recommend the following supplimentary texts and materials.

Quantum Computation and Quantum Information. Michael Nielsen and Isaac Chuang. Cambridge University Press. 

Foundations of Quantum Mechanics: From Photons to Quantum Computers. Reinhold Blumel, Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Quantum Computer Science: An Introduction by N. David Mermin, Camridge U. Press.

In addition we will be using Mathematica software package in our coursework and homework assignments. Home use licenses will be available for enrolled students. The following textbook (also free on the Wolfram website) is a thorough guide of that language

An Elementary Introduction to the Wolfram Language.  Stephen Wolfram, Wofram Media Inc.

Also,  there are several web-based resources available, notably the lectures by J. Preskill available at

and the references cited in the Wikepedia page

Course Policy on Grading:  Homework assignments 40%, In class participation 10% midterm exam 25%  final exam (project) 25%.

Links to assignments and class notes will be made available here.

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