# Ma 391: Topics in Optimization

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A study of deterministic methods employed in operations research. Topics include specific cases of linear programming problems as well as integer and nonlinear programming. Prerequisite(s): Ma 150. 3 Credits.

### Spring 2023 Course Information

- Instructor: Melissa Gardenghi
- Course Syllabus

## Recommended Homework:

Textbook Website: www.mhhe.com/hillier

Be sure you've practiced implementing all algorithms (even if you think you totally understand it).

- 9.1-2, 9.2-2, 9.2-6, 9.2-20, 9.3-2 (b-f), 9.3-9, 9.4-1
- 10.3-2, 10.3-7, 10.4-3, 10.5-6 (a), 10.6-5 (a,b and (c or d)) and solve it using the network simplex
- 12.1-2, 12.1-6, 12.3-4, 12.4-7, 12.5-3, 12.6-3, 12.7-8, 12.8-1, 12.8-8, 12.8-11
- 13.2-5, 13.2-6 (a-c), 13.4-1 (I would use Excel to compute the function values ...), 13.5-1 (a-b), 13.6-3, 13.7-2 (a), 13.9-8, 13.9-15 (use the SUMT procedure and the gradient method)
- 14.2-4, 14.2-6

## Tentative Schedule:

See Canvas for additional details/updates.

- Chapter 21: Jan 11 - 13
- Chapter 9: Jan 13 - 20
- Chapter 10: Jan 23 - Feb 6
- Chapter 12: Feb 8 - 27
- Chapters 13: March 1 - 17
- Chapter 20/Simulation: March 27 - April 10
- Multicriteria and Additional Topics: April 14 - 28

## Assignments/Case Studies:

- Ch 10 Case Studies
- Ch 12 Case Studies
- Ch 13 Case Studies (you may also need Ch 3 Case Studies)
- Ch 20 Case Studies (you may also need Queueing Simulator, see pg 736 for simulator notation definitions)
- Chapter 21

These case studies give students the opportunity to develop the following professional competencies: