Intro To Optimization 550.361

Note to non-Fall 2012 Intro To Optimization 550.361 taught by Dr. Donniell Fishkind:
    How ever you found this site, I hope it will prove useful :)
    (and greetings from the past to future intro opti students who are googling for review material)

FALL 2012

Instructor: Dr. Donniell Fishkind <>
Office Hours: MWF 11:00-11:50am, and by appointment. 304-B Whitehead Hall. 
Lectures: MWF 10:00-10:50pm, 210 Hodson Hall

Teaching Assistant for Section 2: Jean Fan <>
Office hours: Monday 7:00-8:00pm and Wednesday 7:00-8:00pm, Whitehead Hall 2nd floor, glass room.
Discussion section: Thursday 3:00-3:50pm, 110 Maryland Hall

Group TA email for HWs:

Site description:
    Over this year-long sequence (550.361 and 550.362), you guys will learn an introduction to techniques, theories, and applications of optimization. Specific topics of study include: Linear programming; simplex method, duality theory, sensitivity analysis, dual simplex method. Nonlinear programming; unconstrained optimization, numerical methods, constrained optimization, Karush Kuhn Tucker optimality conditions, nonlinear duality, convex programs. Combinatorial optimization and integer programming. 
    The slides on this site are to supplement section material and provide additional help for exam review. THESE SLIDES DO NOT REPLACE LECTURE OR SECTION. You are still expected to attend lecture! If you do miss lecture, you should still find a friend or someone to get the lecture notes as these slides are NOT sufficient. You are still strongly encouraged to attend section. We frequently cover more information than what is presented in the slides. But at the end of the day, I'd rather let those who choose to skip section have access to these slides than nothing at all. 

    These slides frequently have typos in them. Typos are caught and explained during section but sometimes I forget to update the slides with the corrections after. So use these slides with caution. If you do find a discrepancy between the slides and your notes, please email me; if you successfully catch a typo, come see me in section for candy :)

    Go to lecture. Come to section. The more you see this material, the more prepared you will be for exams. Take good notes!! They will be invaluable when you're studying. Study hard. Know your proofs. Do your HW, review the answer keys, make corrections. Remember, this class is not curved, which means everyone can (and should try to) get the A.  

Extra Help:
    Feel free to drop by during office hours for extra help. Or talk to me after section. I'm also pretty much always reachable via email. In the short run, my aim is to help you guys do the best you can possibly do in this class. In the long run, my aim is to make sure you learn something that may actually be applied in your future careers. 
Subpages (3): Exam Review Lecture Section