Rutgers University and the NJAAPT are co-sponsoring two workshops on quantum computing for high school teachers this summer. The goal of the workshops is to provide an introduction to quantum computing for high school teachers and to develop materials and activities for teaching quantum computing to high school students.
This advanced workshop will run for one week from Monday, July 19, to Friday July 23. There will be two, sessions each day one from 8:00 am to 9:45 am and a second from 10:15 am to noon.
(See the website for information about the introductory workshop.)
This workshop is for those interested in exploring additional topics beyond those in the introductory workshop: interpretations of quantum mechanics, Bell’s inequalities, quantum Fourier transforms, Shor’s factoring algorithm, Grover’s search algorithm and quantum variational techniques applied to problems in chemistry. This workshop is for those who have taken the introductory workshop, either this summer or last summer.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact Steve Schnetzer at <email@example.com>.
There is a possibility of obtaining university credit for attending the workshop. The standard Rutgers tuition rate would apply. If you would be interested in this option, please contact Prof. Schentzer at the email address above.
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Registration is free for NJAAPT members. Non-members can join NJAAPT for either 1 year ($11) or three years ($26). Registration closes June 4th.
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Quantum computing is currently one of the most exciting area in both physics and computer science. It holds the promise of opening up nearly unimaginable possibilities in computation. Although the full power of quantum computing is likely more than a decade away, within the next few years quantum computers will begin to be applied to solving problems in chemistry, medicine and material science that are beyond the capability of any classical (digital) computer. There is a growing interest among both college and high school students in this rapidly advancing field and there will be a strong need for teachers able to meet this growing interest.
Quantum computing also provides an excellent way of introducing ideas of modern physics into the high school curriculum. Quantum mechanics can be introduced at a level readily accessible by high school students. Quantum computing involves only the simplest quantum system, the qubit, without the advanced mathematics needed for applying quantum mechanics to more complicated systems. Quantum computing also provides an excellent way of introducing mathematical concepts such as complex numbers and vector spaces.