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 computers 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 are quantum bits and quantum algorithms, and what are they good for. To find out more about how the web class is organized and to sign up, see here.


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.

Go to Canvas

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

We have also recorded some videos for you, so that you can get to know some of the researchers at QuSoft. You can already watch the first video, in which we introduce the web class to you.

Watch Introductory Video

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

Read Lecture Notes