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

Ofice hours: MW 10:00-11:00 a.m., 6:30-7:30 p.m. TR 10:15-11:00

Book: The Mathematics of nonlinear Programming by Peressini, Sullivan, and Uhl Jr.

Course description: MA 521 is an introduction to nonlinear optimization and its applications. The course starts with classical optimization notions from calculus, followed by a study of convex functions, and least sqares optimization. The essence of the course is convex programming, the nonlinear analog of linear programming.

Grading: There will be five homeworks (10% each), two tests (15 % each), and a Final - 20%. 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.