Introduction to Quantum Information and Computing
Physics 398QIC



Mon/Wed 10:00-11:20

David Deutsch, Charles Bennett and Peter Shor (L to R) accept the Dirac Medal in 2017 (ICTP Trieste)


Loomis 276


Prof. Doug Beck
401A Loomis
Office Hours:
Wed: 2:30-Colloquium



Brock Brendal  (HW)
Office hours: Fri: 10:00-11:00 via Zoom



Introduction to quantum information and computing. Prerequisite Phys. 214 or equivalent. 
We will: introduce quantum bits (qubits), quantum gates, and quantum algorithms; use online quantum computers to do calculations; discuss current technology.

Course Material

We will use Smart.Physics; to get started just click on the link!
We will also have a peer-to-peer class forum using Piazza.  Discuss with your classmates, post your questions, explanations, points of interest, etc.

iClicker Cloud

We will use the phone-based iClicker App ("iClicker Reef" in the App Store and Google Play) in class.

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Enter “Physics Dept: University of Illinois at Urbana” for your institution.

Enter 398QIC as the course name.


HW, Exam Submission

All at the course Gradescope page,  choose Phys398QIC.

This course uses the College of Engineering Computer-Based Testing Facilit service.  CBTF Online for its exams.  The policies of the CBTF are the policies of this course, and academic integrity infractions related to the CBTF are infractions in this course.  If you have accommodations identified by the Division of Rehabilitation-Education Services (DRES) for exams, please email your Letter of Accommodations (LOA) to CBTF Manager Carleen Sacris at before you make your first exam reservation.  If you have any issue during an exam, please inform the proctor immediately. Work with the proctor to resolve the issue at the time before logging off.  Review all instructions on the CBTF website before your first exam:

For Phys398QIC you will download the exam from box (DO NOT PREVIEW) a maximum of 10 min. prior to the exam.  You will have 80 min/180 min for semester/final exams, respectively, with a proctor from CBTF.  After completing the exam and checking out of CBTF, you will have 10 min. to upload your answers to Gradescope.




The course will comprise weekly homework (25%), final exam (25%), two midterm exams (15% each), pre-class reading and checkpoint questions (10%), and class participation (10, 9, 7, 4, 0% for 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 absences), recorded in the course gradebook.  The late homework policy is 20% reduction if submitted less than 2 weeks late and before the final course deadline, whichever is earlier.  There are bonus points (maximum 3%) for checkpoint questions answered correctly in class.  The (lower) grade boundaries will be A+ (97), A (94), A- (91), B+ (88), B (85), B- (82), C+ (78), C (74), C- (70), D+ (66), D (62), D- (58), F (54)


D. McMahon, Quantum Computing Explained, 1st Edition, 2008 (required).
We will use iClicker Cloud—please go to the App Store or Google Play to download the iClicker Reef appLook for Phys398QIC under Physics Dept: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to add the course.


Class responsibilities

For all of us



Diversity, equity and inclusion


Just in case

Emergency resources


on reserve at the Grainger Library.  Books with * are among my favorites

530.12G875I2005   Griffiths, David J.;   Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, 2nd Edition

*530.12B34L1973   Baym, Gordon;   Lectures on Quantum Mechanics

*530.12L231QES1977   Landau, Lev Davidovich;  Quantum Mechanics: Non-Relativistic Theory 3rd ed. (also on-line electronic resource)

530F438fv.3   Feynman, Richard;   Feynman Lectures on Physics v.3

530.12EI81Q1985   Eisberg/Resnick;   Quantum Physics: Of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei, and Particles, 2nd Edition

511.8N554Q   Nielsen, Michael A.;   Quantum Computation and Quantum Information (also on-line electronic resource)

*530.12C66MEH v.1  Cohen/Tannoudji;   Quantum Mechanics, v.1

*530.12c66meh  v.2  Cohen-Tannoudji/Diu/Laloe; Quantum Mechanics, v.2

530.12T664m   Townsend, John;   Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics

530.12R219h   Razavy, Mohsen;   Heisenberg's Quantum Mechanics
(also on-line electronic resource)

530.12F418q2001   Ferry, David K.;   Quantum Mechanics: An Introduction for Device Physicists and Electrical Engineers, 2nd Edition (also on-line electronic resource)

*530.12 Sa2m2011Sakurai, J. J. and Napolitano, J Modern Quantum Mechanics

*QC174.45 .S28 Sakurai, J. J Advanced Quantum Mechanics

*530.12 F43Q Feynman, R. P. and Hibbs, A. R. Quantum Mechanics and Path Integrals

Gozzi, E, Cattaruzza, E and Pagani C Path Integrals for Pedestrians

530.12 K662p2004 Kleinert, H Path Integrals in Quantum Mechanics, Statistics, Polymer Physics, and Financial Markets

*530.12 B55R Bjorken, J. D. and Drell, S. D Relativistic Quantum Mechanics

NOT on reserve

*539.1 SCH3Q Schiff, Leonard Quantum Mechanics

*530.12 M55Q Merzbacher, Eugen Quantum Mechanics

*539.1 D62p1958 Dirac, Paul The Principles of Quantum Mechanics

*530.12 M56met1961 Messiah, Albert Quantum Mechanics v.1&2

510.2453 M42M1970 Mathews, J and Walker, R Mathematical Methods of Physics

*537.6 J13C1975 Jackson, J. D. Classical Electrodynamics

531 G57c1980 Goldstein, H Classical Mechanics

*QA805.L2832007 Landau, L. D. and Lifshitz E. M Mechanics

530.143 P437I Peskin, M. E. and Schroeder, D. V. An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory