Introduction to Quantum Computing @ Freeside Atlanta, Atlanta [13 January]

Introduction to Quantum Computing

16:00 - 20:00

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Freeside Atlanta
675 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Ste 6066, Atlanta, Georgia 30310
Spend an afternoon with Freeside member Poprox learning the basics of quantum computing, followed by writing some simple programs to be run remotely on an actual quantum computer or quantum computer simulator. The aim is for the class to be accessible to as wide a range of people as possible, so there are no explicit prerequisites, but a minimal coding background will be helpful for writing the programs. In terms of mathematics, knowledge of linear algebra and complex numbers will be helpful, but these topics will be covered.

This four hour course will cover several topics, including:
+ Introduction to quantum superposition, quantum entanglement, and quantum teleportation
+ Linear algebra with complex numbers, the mathematics behind quantum computing
+ How quantum computing will transform our world and ourselves
+ Programming with PyQuil, a Python-based quantum programming package

The only requirement for the class is a laptop to participate in the programming exercises. The quantum computing stack we will be utilizing is the Rigetti Forest toolkit. We will be writing code using PyQuil, a Python package designed to generate quantum programs to be run remotely on Rigetti's 36-qubit quantum computer simulator or their prototype superconducting quantum processor. Thus, experience with Python in particular is helpful but not required. You can read more about this software here:

We ask for a small donation of $5 to attend this class and Freeside members can attend for FREE! Contact [email protected] ([email protected]) to register if you are a Freeside member.
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