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- install and test IBM Qiskit • create and use qubits, quantum registers, and quantum circuits with Python and Qiskit • work with quantum algorithms

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Action at a Distance Corporation believes that quantum computers will soon outperform their classical counterparts. That’s why the consortium of venture capitalists feels that the time to invest in quantum startups is now. It’s counting on its resident researcher—that’s you!—to level up your quantum computing knowledge and evaluate proposals from hopeful quantum startups.

In this series of liveProjects, you’ll develop core quantum computing skills using the open-source Qiskit development environment, identify viable quantum applications, discover what the “quantum advantage” is, and determine the major players in the quantum race. Throughout the series, you’ll prepare brief notes for the consortium, sharing what you’ve learned. When you’re finished, you’ll have developed core quantum programming skills and will understand the value of quantum computing.

These projects are designed for learning purposes and are not complete, production-ready applications or solutions.

I would recommend this course for people who want to get started with QisKit.

Project 1 Initialize Qubits and Run Quantum Circuits

Project 2 Manipulate Qubits with Quantum Gates

Project 3 Run Two-Qubit Circuits

Get tangled up in quantum computing! Action at a Distance Corporation, a consortium of venture capitalists, believes the time to invest in quantum computing startups is now. As the consortium’s resident researcher, your task is to understand the power of quantum computing.

You’ll learn to recognize normalized quantum states of two qubits, a key skill in implementing quantum algorithms. You’ll get familiar with the Controlled Not (CNOT) gate, vital to the construction of important, entangled states, and you’ll observe what Einstein called “spooky action at a distance” as you program the (famous!) entangled Bell states. Using the IBM Quantum Composer, you’ll visualize and animate quantum circuits, gaining insight into handling gates and their outcomes.

Project 4 Run Circuits on Quantum Hardware

Action at a Distance Corporation, a consortium of venture capitalists, believes that the time to invest in quantum computing startups is now. As the consortium’s researcher, your task is to gain knowledge of quantum computing capabilities.

You’ll explore matrix representations—mathematical underpinnings of quantum computing—and examine quantum circuits that use different arrangements of gates to achieve identical functionality. You’ll upgrade your quantum toolbox with phase kickback, an essential component of many quantum algorithms, and you’ll work with Bloch spheres, a way of visually representing qubits. You’ll then use two different methods to run a circuit on IBM quantum hardware, a task that will be commonplace in the not-so-distant future.

Project 5 Develop Quantum Algorithms

As the researcher for venture capital firm Action at a Distance Corporation your job is to evaluate proposals from quantum startups hoping to secure an investment. But first, you need to expand your knowledge of quantum computing.

You’ll build your quantum muscles by investigating and coding key quantum algorithms including the quantum teleportation algorithm, the quantum phase estimation algorithm, the quantum Fourier transform algorithm, and Grover’s algorithm. With your new knowledge, you’ll compose a brief report about whether or not now is the right time to invest in quantum startups.

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This is a very well constructed course about a very interesting and exciting subject, and it is evident how much work has gone into putting it together.

I enjoyed this series and found it to be a good guide to learning about Qiskit and quantum computing.

This liveProject series is for anyone with basic algebra and geometry skills, basic Python programming skills, and a strong interest in learning about the physical principles and techniques of quantum programming using IBM Qiskit. To begin these liveProjects you’ll need to be familiar with the following:

TOOLS- Python programming basics
- Basic algebra (equations and surds)
- Basic linear algebra (vectors and matrices)
- Basic geometry (diagrams and angles)
- Basic complex numbers (format and simple manipulation)
- Basic probability (using fractions and normalization)
- Basic classical computing

- Use the command line in a terminal
- Create a virtual environment in Python using Conda or otherwise
- Install packages into a Python virtual environment using pip
- Code and run Python programs using Jupyter Notebook

In this liveProject series, you’ll develop core quantum computing skills, expand your knowledge of quantum concepts, and understand the expanding role of quantum computing and its real-world applications.

- Create and test a Python Qiskit imports template
- Investigate the Qiskit ecosystem
- Use IBM Qiskit to create and run quantum circuits throughout
- Use the 3 Pauli quantum gates: X, Y, and Z, the Hadamard, H, gate and the Controlled Not, CNOT gate
- Use IBM Quantum Composer to visualize and run quantum circuits
- Investigate and report on major quantum applications
- Use two-qubit quantum states and the CNOT quantum gate
- Quantum entanglement (a fundamental quantum concept that Einstein famously referred to as "spooky action at a distance")
- Programmatically explore phase kickback, an essential component of many quantum algorithms
- Work with the angles and vectors associated with three sets of basis states on Bloch spheres, highly useful for visually representing qubits
- Run a circuit of your choice on IBM quantum hardware using two different methods
- Use Qiskit library to run Shor’s algorithm
- Implement quantum superdense coding, teleportation, Fourier transform, and phase estimation
- Use quantum oracles

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