Spring 2022 - MATH 208W D100

Introduction to Operations Research (3)

Class Number: 6527

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    AQ 5030, Burnaby

    We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    AQ 5030, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 19, 2022
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    WMC 2202, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    MATH 150 or 151 or 154 or 157, with a minimum grade of C-.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Introduction to methods of operations research: linear and nonlinear programming, simulation, and heuristic methods. Applications to transportation, assignment, scheduling, and game theory. Exposure to mathematical models of industry and technology. Emphasis on computation for analysis and simulation. Students with credit for MATH 208 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Quantitative.

COURSE DETAILS:

Topics covered

Modelling problems with many variables as linear programs.
Using spreadsheet applications to solve these models.  Network flow models.
Sensitivity analysis.  Integer and non-linear models.
Applications may include resource allocation, shipping and financial planning.

Modelling problems using discrete-event simulations.
Random numbers and distributions.  Queueing theory.

Students will learn mathematical typesetting using LaTeX, and spreadsheets using Excel.
A feature of the course will be a team project, in which students analyze a substantial mathematical problem and present their results in writing and in a formal presentation.

Grading

  • Individual Homework Assignments 30%
  • Team Homework Assignments 15%
  • Essay 5%
  • Midterm 10%
  • Term Project (including presentation and report) 20%
  • Final Exam 20%

NOTES:

THE INSTRUCTOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE ANY OF THE ABOVE INFORMATION.
Students should be aware that they have certain rights to confidentiality concerning the return of course papers and the posting of marks. Please pay careful attention to the options discussed in class at the beginning of the semester.

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Optimization Modeling with Spreadsheets, 3rd Edition
Kenneth R. Baker
ISBN: 978-1-118-93773-0

Registrar Notes:

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TEACHING AT SFU IN SPRING 2022

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