Math 4080

Spring 2016

TuTh 2:00 - 3:15

3307 Rood Hall

Mobius Strip


Jay Treiman, (269) 387-4571, jay.treiman at



5524 Everett Tower, MF 11:00-11:50, TuTh 1:00-1:50, and by appointment



Optimization in Operations Research by R. Rardin



The prerequisite for this class is Math 2300, linear algebra. You are responsible for all material in the text and all material presented in class. This includes any material not in the text and all material in the text that was not presented in class.  A list of topics may be available.

A list of expectations is available.

You are expected to follow university regulations and policies. Any violations will be forwarded to Student Judicial Affairs.

The last day to withdraw is March 21, 2016.

A tentative schedule may be available.



All cell phones, wireless devices, mp3/mp4 type media players, and similar devices are to be turned off and put away while you are in the classroom. Use of one of these devices during a quiz/exam will be considered cheating.



A project is required of all students. The idea of the project is to learn about and explore a linear programming model. Students should find an article devoted to a simple linear programming application. The paper should explain the approach and results of the article. It should continue to explore an aspect of the model beyond what is in the article.

The extension of the work in the article does not need to be anything major. It must be different and there should be some interesting idea behind the extension.

Deadlines will be set for different points in the process of writing the paper. This deadlines must be met, or points will be lost. The first deadline is that you must submit an idea for the project and have it approved by February 12, 2016. Other points that will have deadlines are an outline of the project, a rough draft of the project, and a first draft of the project.

If you do not get at least a "C" on this project, you will not get above a "C" in the class. This is a requirement that is imposed only to guarantee that students actually do the project and that students put a reasonable amount of work into the project.



A list of problems to work will be on this web site. If you have any questions about problems, please ask them in class or in office hours. Homework will be collected for grading. Late homework may be graded, but do not expect late homework to be graded.



Two or three tests will be given. The times will be arranged later and posted here.


Final Exam:

The final exam will be given on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 2:00 to 3:15 p.m. in the usual class room. It will be comprehensive.


Grading Policy:

All exams will follow this outline: 50% of the questions are things you must be able to do, 25-30% of the problems are things you should be able to do, and 20-25% of the questions are more difficult. It is not uncommon for averages to be under 60%.

To pass this class with a "C" you must demonstrate that you can do all the required material. Averages for a "C" may go down to 50%. Averages for an "A" may go down to 80%.

The distribution of grades is as follows. The final exam is worth 30%, the exams are worth 17.5% each (If there are two exams.), the project is worth 17.5% and the homework is worth 17.5%.


Jay Treiman: jay.treiman at

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