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Jayant
Rajgopal
1039
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 (7th ed.),
by Hamdy A. Taha, PrenticeHall, New
York (2003).
 Introduction
to Operations Research (8th ed.), by
Frederick S. Hillier and Gerald J. Lieberman, McGraw Hill, New York
(2005).
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
PCbased software package will be used 
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.
