Students adopting the graded track will be graded on their performance on the homework assignments; the homework will not be graded, but you should discuss your completed assignment with the instructor by the due date. To receive a grade of CR on the ungraded track, students need only attend the lectures and show interest. There will not be any exams.
Each homework assignment will consist of several problems, some of which will be quite ambitious. The homework problems will be assigned individually, each with its own due date. This allows me more easily to make up problems that occur to me as we go along.
You should consult the syllabus often to keep track of changes and to get access to course material, particularly the homework problems as they are assigned.
I'm pretty confident we can cover the material in the time allotted. We will perhaps seem to be going pretty slowly, but this reflects my general philosophy that it is better to learn a few things well than to be exposed to many things sketchily.
Homework  Class session  Lectures  Nielsen and Chuang 
HW #1
1.1: Discuss 828 Solution 1.2: Discuss 828 Solution 1.3: Discuss 95 Solution 1.4: Discuss 95 Solution 1.5: Discuss 95 Solution 1.6: Discuss 95 Solution 
F, 823  L1: Probabilities and laws of large numbers  
T, 826 
L2: Probabilities as betting odds and the Dutch book.
Simple Dutchbook derivation of the probability rules, taken from a seminar talk. Coin tossing: analysis and experiments 

Th, 828 
L3: Classical information and Shannon entropy. I
L34 Axiomatic derivation of Shannon information, taken from Chris Fuchs's 1996 UNM PhD dissertation 
11.111.2
12.2.1 

F, 829  No meeting  
T, 92  L4: Classical information and Shannon entropy. II  
Th, 94

L5: Linear algebra and axioms of quantum mechanics. I
L56 
2.12.3  
F, 95  Discussion  
HW #2
2.1: Discuss 919 Solution 2.2: Discuss 919 Solution 2.3: Discuss 919 Solution 2.4: Discuss 919 Solution 2.5: Discuss 919 Solution 2.6: Discuss 919 Solution 
T, 99  L6: Linear algebra and axioms of quantum mechanics. II  
Th, 911 
L7: Qubits. I
L78 
1.21.3  
F, 912  L8: Qubits. II  
T, 916 
L9: Quantum states. I. Mixed states
L910 
2.22.6  
Th, 918  L10: Quantum states. II. Mixed states  
L10: Quantum states. II. Multiple systems and entanglement
L1014 Multiple systems, the tensorproduct space, and the partial trace An example of how the polar decomposition is used An example of the KochenSpecker theorem 

F, 919  Discussion  
HW #3
3.1: Discuss 103 Solution 3.2: Discuss 103 Solution 3.3: Discuss 103 Solution 3.4: Discuss 103 Solution 3.5: Discuss 1017 Solution 3.6: Discuss 1017 Solution 3.7: Discuss 1017 Solution 
T, 923  L11: Quantum states. III. Multiple systems and entanglement  
Th, 925  L12: Quantum states. IV. Multiple systems and entanglement  
F, 926  No meeting  
T, 930  L13: Quantum states. V. Multiple systems and entanglement  
Th, 102  L14: Quantum states. VI. Multiple systems and entanglement  
F, 103  Discussion  
T, 107 
L15: Quantum dynamics. I. Generalized measurements
L1516 
2.2  
Th, 109  Fall Break  
F, 1010  Fall Break  
T, 1014  L16: Quantum dynamics. II. Generalized measurements  
Th, 1016 
L17: Quantum dynamics. III. Superoperators and completely positive maps
L1720 
8  
F, 1017  Discussion  
HW #4
4.1: Discuss 1031 Solution 4.2: Discuss 1031 Solution 4.3: Discuss 1031 Solution 4.4: Discuss 1031 Solution 
T, 1021  L18: Quantum dynamics. IV. Superoperators and completely positive maps  
Th, 1023  No meeting  
F, 1024  L19: Quantum dynamics. V. Superoperators and completely positive maps  
T, 1028  L20: Quantum dynamics. VI. Superoperators and completely positive maps  
Th, 1030 
L21: Quantum circuit model. I
L2123 
1.21.3
4.14.4 

F, 1031  Discussion  
HW #5
5.1: Discuss 117 Solution 5.2: Discuss 117 Solution 5.3: Discuss 1115 Solution 
T, 114  L22: Quantum circuit model. II  
Th, 116  L23: Quantum circuit model. III  
F, 117  Discussion  
HW #6
6.1: Discuss 1115 Solution 
T, 1111 
L24: Qubit operations. I
L2425 
8.3 
Th, 1113  L25: Qubit operations. II  
F, 1114  No meeting  
Sa, 1115
11:00 am2:00 pm 
Discussion  
HW #7
7.1: Discuss 1122 Solution 7.2: Discuss 1122 Solution 7.3: Discuss 1122 Solution 7.4: Discuss 1122 Solution 
T, 1118 
L26: Cloning and distinguishability. I
L2628 
9 
Th, 1120  L27: Cloning and distinguishability. II  
F, 1121  L28: Cloning and distinguishability. III  
Sa, 1122
11:00 am2:00 pm 
Discussion  
HW #8
8.1: Discuss 125 Solution 
T, 1125 
L29: Quantum entropy. I
L2931 
11.111.4
12.112.2 
Th, 1127  Thanksgiving holiday  
F, 1128  Thanksgiving holiday  
T, 122  L30: Quantum entropy. II  
Th, 124  L31: Quantum entropy. III  
F, 125  Discussion 