The content of linear algebra was a necessary prerequisite (18.06, 18.700, or 18.701). Quantum mechanics and information theory were helpful but not necessary prerequisites.

Subject Matter

Fun material that is both theoretical and foundational.

Course Staff

Responsive. The course staff was very responsive on Piazza, and both the professor and TAs were approachable and willing to put in the time to help students.

Lectures

Lectures were hard to follow.

Lecture notes and textbooks helped clarify the material in lectures.

Problem Sets

Interesting.

Student’s opinions on the problem sets varied quite a bit, though most students agreed that the problems were interesting though occasionally difficult.

Pset groups and office hours proved helpful in completing the homework.

Exams

There was a midterm for this exam.

Most found the exams easier than problem sets, though pretty stressful.

Resources

The class used Nielsen and Chuang’s “Quantum Computation and Quantum Information”, as well as detailed lecture notes provided by Professor Shor.

The lecture notes were useful for problem sets, and the textbook to some felt dense.

Grading

Students felt that grading was fair and transparent.