MA 521 Introduction to Optimization

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Instructor: Dr. Peter Dragnev

Office: KT 290, tel. (260) 481-6382

E-mail: dragnevp@ipfw.edu

Office hours: TR 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Book:  An Introduction to Optimization by E. K. P. Chong and S, H. Zak 3rd Ed.

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Course description: MA 521 is an introductory course in Optimization. I intend to cover material from Chapters 1-17 and 19-22 (if time allows). The topics are unconstrained optimization and numerical methods, linear programming and simplex method, and nonlinear programming. Different numerical methods and applications will be discussed. As a tool we shall use the Computer Algebra System Maple.

Grading:  Homework (60%) will be assigned and graded weekly. There will be a Midterm and a Final exam, both 20%.

The grading scale is given below:

A 90 -100%;
B 80-89%;
C 70-79%;
D 60-69%

Enclosed is a tentative teaching schedule.