How to Make a Quantum Bit

Classic computers use binary bits, which are either a 0 or a 1, while quantum computers use qubits, which are both a 0 and a 1 simultaneously. Teach your class how a qubit is made and how it is controlled using an informative video as part of a larger playlist. They learn how to read and write information on it and how both an electron and the nucleus of phosphorus can be used as qubits.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Learn more about the Avogadro project mentioned at the end of the video
  • Apply the knowledge of the qubit to quantum computing
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of the nucleus and magnetic fields
Pros

  • Includes closed captioning in English, Spanish, and Thai for ease of note taking
  • Requires very little class time
Cons

  • None