Operations Research
MATH:355:01 Fall, 2012
CSCI:355:01
Instructor: Kenneth Brakke
Office: Fisher 308
Office phone: 4466
Office hours: 10:00-12:00 MWF, 1:00-3:00 TTh.
I am usually in my office 8:30 to 5:00 except for
lunch and my other classes (8:45-9:00 MWF and 3:00-4:05 MWF).
You can also make an appointment.
Email: brakke@susqu.edu
I will use email to communicate with the class outside
of meeting times, e.g. for homework corrections, hints,
etc. So check your email regularly. When emailing me,
be sure to use a good subject line. Blank subjects, and
generic subjects like "question" and "help" are liable
to get eaten by our spam filter. Use a subject like
"Operations Research homework question".
Text: Introduction to Operations Research, 9th edition, by Hillier
and Lieberman.
Grading:
Homework: 100 points
2 hour exams: 200 points
Final exam: 150 points (Wed. Dec. 12, 8-10 a.m.)
Course goals:
Learn various techniques of mathematical modeling and finding
optimal solutions to problems. Linear programming (including
duality, shadow prices, and sensitivity analysis), integer
programming, dynamic programming, network flow, PERT/CPM,
game theory, queuing theory, reliability. We will use the
software packages LINDO and LINGO to solve computer models.
Class attendance policy: Be there. The Student Handbook states
that one week's equivalence of absences is grounds for an F.
I will note absences, and anybody that has what I regard as
excessive absences will have their grade lowered as I see fit.
Cheating and plagiarism: Don't. Studying together to understand
the material is fine, but the work you hand in is to be your
own. See the Student Handbook for the dire consequences of
cheating or plagiarism.