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Jayant
Rajgopal
1032
Benedum Hall
Industrial
Engineering
University
of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh,
PA 15261
Tel.
+1 412 624 9840
Fax +1
412 624 9831
rajgopal@pitt.edu

TEXT
 Introduction
to Mathematical Programming (4th ed.)
, by Wayne L. Winston & M.
Venkataramanan, Duxbury Press, CA
(2004).
REFERENCES
 Operations
Research: An Introduction, by Hamdy A.
Taha,
PrenticeHall, New York.
 Introduction
to Operations Research, by Frederick
S. Hillier and Gerald J. Lieberman, McGraw Hill, New
York.
COURSE OUTLINE
 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,
postoptimality 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 PCbased
software package will be introduced  students
may use LINDO (which comes packaged
with the textbook), addins to spreadsheet
packages (such as the SOLVER addin that comes with MSEXCEL), or any other system
of their choice.
