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JORDAN HINES, Physics graduate student at UC Berkeley




Major: Berkeley

College/Employer: Not available.

Year of Graduation: G

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

In undergrad, I majored in math and physics at MIT. I'm currently a first-year graduate student in physics at UC Berkeley working on quantum sensing with the nitrogen vacancy center. I'm interested in the physics of computation, computational complexity, and quantum information.
I've taught for many program through MIT ESP (Splash, Spark, HSSP, and Cascade) and now teach for Splash at Berkeley.
In my free time, I enjoy martial arts, yoga, running, board games, and puzzle-solving.



Past Classes

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M844: Building numbers from scratch in Rainstorm Summer 2021 (Aug. 14 - 15, 2021)
Imagine you meet aliens with a different system of math, which doesn't use numbers or arithmetic in the ways we're used to. How could you explain numbers arithmetic to them? How would you convince them of basic properties like x+y=y+x? In this class, we'll see one way to do this. Starting without any concept of numbers, we'll see how to successively build natural numbers, integers, rational numbers, and real numbers. For each type of number, we'll define addition and multiplication, and see how to prove some of the familiar properties they have.


M847: Winning with Quantum Entanglement in Rainstorm Summer 2021 (Aug. 14 - 15, 2021)
Alice and Bob are far apart and unable to communicate with each other. Cory sends bit $$x$$ to Alice and bit $$y$$ to Bob, and each of them will send a bit back. If both $$x$$ and $$y$$ are 1, Alice and Bob want to send different numbers back to Cory; otherwise, they want to send the same number. How well can they do this? It turns out that having quantum entanglement helps! In this class, we'll learn what quantum entanglement is and how it can be used to do better than you can classically in games like this. We'll talk about using entanglement for communication and possibly applications in quantum computing.


M512: Building Quantum Circuits in Rainstorm Fall 2020 (Dec. 05 - 06, 2020)
How does a quantum computer work and what does an algorithm for one look like? In this class, we'll talk about the fundamentals of quantum computing with the help of IBM's online circuit composer, which will allow you to build your own quantum circuits and see what they do!


S363: Special Relativity in Rainstorm Spring 2020 (May. 30 - 31, 2020)
Come explore space and time, and see how the main ideas of special relativity can be derived from simple principles and some basic algebra! If we have time, we'll also talk about relativity "paradoxes" and how to resolve them.


M369: The Symmetry of Wallpaper Patterns in Rainstorm Spring 2020 (May. 30 - 31, 2020)
Wallpapers (and similar art) have all sorts of symmetry in them. In this class, we'll take a mathematical look into the possible symmetries and how this relates to an area of mathematics called group theory. We'll look at many different patterns and explain why there are 17 different types of wallpaper patterns.


M407: A Rapid Introduction to Quantum Computing in Rainstorm Spring 2020 (May. 30 - 31, 2020)
What is quantum computing and why do people care about it? In this class, we'll quickly introduce the basic principles behind quantum computing and get a glimpse at how it works and why it's tricky to think about.