Teaching quantum information science to nonscience students

Presenting Author: Michael Raymer, University of Oregon

Many universities require nonscience students to take a few science courses, which unfortunately are sometimes dumbed-down version of introductory physics, chemistry, or computer science courses. At the University of Oregon we have taken a different approach – we offer a course called Quantum Mechanics for Everyone, in which we attempt to teach, using almost no math, the basic ideas behind quantum science, including state space, projective measurements, Born rule, quantum key distribution, Bell inequality, entanglement, teleportation, quantum computing, atomic clocks, etc. After several years of experimenting, I wrote a book that is used for the course and also sells well as a popular (trade) book, titled Quantum Physics: What Everyone Needs to Know. This poster will present the key methods, with examples, we use in teaching this successful course.

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