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MA 521 Introduction to Optimization Problems

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S Y L L A B U S

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

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

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

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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.

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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.