I.E. 2001: OPERATIONS RESEARCH (Spring 2018)


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Jayant Rajgopal
1032 Benedum Hall
Industrial Engineering
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

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Introduction to Mathematical Programming (4th ed.) , by Wayne L. Winston & M. Venkataramanan, Duxbury Press, CA (2004).
  1. Operations Research: An Introduction, by Hamdy A. Taha, Prentice-Hall, New York. 
  2. Introduction to Operations Research, by Frederick S. Hillier and Gerald J. Lieberman, McGraw Hill, New York. 
This is an introductory course in (deterministic) operations research (OR). The objective is to introduce the student to the OR process and to a number of different areas within OR. We will begin with the general methodology of operations research and  mathematical modeling. After that, the primary emphasis will be on linear programming and its applications, covering model building, the simplex method, post-optimality analysis, and the transportation and assignment problems. Other areas such as integer programming, network flows, PERT/CPM and goal programming will also be covered, with the amount of emphasis depending on the time available.  Students are expected to do a significant amount of reading on their own, and to keep up with the lectures.  A simple PC-based software package will be introduced - students may use LINDO (which comes packaged with the textbook), add-ins to spreadsheet packages (such as the SOLVER add-in that comes with MS-EXCEL), or any other system of their choice.