MA 521 Introduction to Optimization Problems

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Instructor: Dr. Peter Dragnev

Office: KT 290, tel. (219) 481-6382

E-mail: dragnevp@ipfw.edu

Meeting time and place: MW 7:30-8:45 pm; KT 216

Ofice hours: MW 10:00-11:00 am, 6:30-7:30 pm; TR 9:30-10:30 am

Book: Convexity and Optimization in Rn by Leonard D. Berkovitz

Course description: MA 521 is an introduction to nonlinear optimization and its applications. The course starts with some topics from real analysis, followed by a study of convex sets and functions. The essence of the course is optimization problems and convex programming, the nonlinear analog of linear programming.

Grading: There will be five homeworks (12% each), a Midterm and a Final - 20% each. Extra credit homework for additional 10% will be assigned daily. The garding scale is given below:

A 85 -100; B 75-84; C 60-74; D 50-59; F below 50.

Enclosed is a tentative teaching schedule.