Spring, 2010 | Dr. Whalen | Click here for schedule |

email fax 1-626-605-2586 |

Prerequisite: Advanced Spreadsheet Skills (CSP 1, 3, 4, 7)

Required Texts: | 1
Linear Programming Fundamentals. Whalen & Churchill,
available online: see
links from
schedule |

2 The entire class web structure accessable from the schedule, is also essential reading for the course. | |

3. Course pack available at Study.net |

Personnel shift coverage problems and assignment problems are important in themselves and also provide an introduction to the use of matrices in linear programming. Next come multi-period inventory, single & multi-period Finance, and production, inventory, and finance all together.

Linear transportation models lead into a section on capacitated
transshipment problems. These are key issues in supply chain
management. The problem of
warehouse location in two-stage supply chain optimization provides an
introduction to integer programming.

The next section considers blending problems, especially problems in
which there is some flexibility in the ingredients of two or more
products.

Quadratic programming is introduced in a context of financial portfolios , and a synthesis of quadratic and integer programming is presented in the context of price determination. General nonlinear programming is introduces in the context of optimal order quantity (which is mathematically the same as optimal production runs).

The course concludes with a unit on goal programming to balance
conflicting objectives. fuzzy linear programming is briefly
introduced in the
context of goal programming.

* Homework Assignments

* In Cass Midterm

* Comprehensive Take Home Final Exam

* Project

Homework Assignments:

Homework assignments are integral to the instruction, and students are strongly encouraged to use the instructor as a resource throughout these projects via email and other methods.

If homework is turned in on time, you get a "second chance" to re-do it after getting it back; the final grade for the homework will be the average of the two tries or A-, whichever is lower. (Thus, if you get A- the first time there's no incentive to re-do.) Late homework is assessed a one-step penalty per class period late (for example, A becomes A-, A- becomes B+, and so on), and there is no second chance on late homework.

I welcome specific questions about the homework; email your questions to 8140 [at] whalen3 [dot] org

"Tell me how to do this assignment so I don't have to think for myself" or "Here's my answer; grade it ahead of time so I can get an extra free re-do if it's wrong" do not qualify as "specific questions."

In-Class Midterm:

Some exam questions will involve setting up a problem, others will involve interpreting Excel printouts of the results.