# How would one write programs for a quantum computer?

Are any languages in the works?

Observing members:
0
Composing members:
0
## 2 Answers

Quantum algorithms do exist, which are the closest thing we have to quantum programs. In order for a complete quantum program to exist, we would have to have a large-scale quantum computer (which we don’t have). However, people have figured out exactly how the programs *would* work once we are able to create them.

Examples include Shor’s algorithm (which factors numbers very quickly) and Grover’s algorithm (which finds stuff in a list very quickly). Neither of these are particularly “fun” (or “understandable”) for a typical person, but they are both examples of things which quantum computers do faster than normal computers.

@PhiNotPi Thanks… Now I’m all giddy. Most of the math is way over my head, but I appreciate the lesson in humility… I thought high school math was hard. It’s good to know that my math education can continue with little brain teasers.

## Answer this question

This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.