# Finding averages of observables of Bell states

1. Apr 6, 2009

### poonintoon

Hi I am looking at Quantum Computation by Neilsen and Chuang at the CHSH inequality.

Looking at the spin singlet state they make measurements of for example the observable Z1
and Z2-X1 and then find the expectation value of the product.

I am slightly confused here because
a) Z and X are gates does it just mean to find the average of the system after these have acted on the system?
b)Secondly can I find the average of a two qubit system without using the density operator. If I need to use the density operator is there a simple way?

Thanks

(Sorry its hard to make it clear without waffling on for ages but since its a popular book hopefully someone will understand me).