MA 521 Introduction to Optimization


Instructor: Dr. Peter Dragnev

Office: KT 200A, tel. (260) 481-6382


Office hours: MW 10:00-11:00 a.m. MW 3:30-4:30 p.m.

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


Course description: MA 521 is an introductory course in Optimization. I intend to cover material from Chapters 1-17 and 19-21 (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.

Disabilities Statement: If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Contact the Director of Services for Students with Disabilities (Walb 113, telephone number 481-6658), as soon as possible to work out the details. Once the Director has provided you with a letter attesting to your needs for modification, bring the letter to me. For more information, please visit the web site for SSD at .