This presentation discards hand-wavy pop-science metaphors and answers a simple question: from a computer science perspective, how can a quantum computer outperform a classical computer? Readers will learn the following:

1. Representing computation with basic linear algebra (matrices and vectors)

2. The computational workings of qbits, superposition, and quantum logic gates

3. Solving the Deutsch oracle problem: the simplest problem where a quantum computer outperforms classical methods

Bonus topics: quantum entanglement and teleportation

February 14, 2018