The Quantum Quest

The Quantum Quest is a web class for high school students, organized by QuSoft and the University of Amsterdam.

The quantum computer is a computer of the future. Instead of working with bits that have two states (0 and 1), quantum computers work with quantum bits which can be in an infinite number of possible states. They can solve certain difficult problems much faster than we know using ordinary computers and also pave the way for new scientific explorations. Researchers at universities and in industry are working hard to build this fascinating device. But how does a quantum computer actually work and how can it be programmed?

We will take you on a four-week adventure to learn the basics of quantum computing. By the end of it, you will understand what quantum bits and quantum algorithms are and what they are good for.


Throughout this course, we will use an online forum called Canvas. There, you will find the latest lecture notes, discuss with your fellow students about the exercises, and submit your homework solutions.

We also recorded some videos for you so that you can learn more about the web class and get to know some of the researchers at QuSoft.


Most of us do not have a quantum computer to experiment with. In this course we will use a quantum simulator called Quirky which runs right in your web browser.

Start Quirky


Now that the web class is over, you can also download the lecture notes here.

Read lecture notes

Are you interested in participating in the next round of the Quantum Quest (Fall 2020)?

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