Joel Friedman's Math 340 Page
This page concerns Math 340, Section 101, for Winter 2015-16 Term 1
(i.e., Fall 2015). The dates of exams, once announced,
will not change; all other
dates, homeworks, etc. are subject to change.
Materials here may contain errors; some corrections might only
be announced in class.
Here is are
Final Remarks on Matrix Games and Poker
which discusses convex and concave down matrix games and our
solution to the "Big Poker Game" with 2^(52) strategies for Alice.
For the final exam you will provided with
this sheet of notes and formulas.
the midterm with solutions.
The grades are scaled as follows: 0/36 scales to a 0%,
12/36 scales to a 50%,
27/36 scales to an 80%, and 36/36 scales to a 100%.
Anything in between is interpolated linearly.
We are experimenting with new technology for the lectures:
(Scans are usually posted within a day of the class; slides for
future dates are never available.)
Here is a general overview
of this course.
We will first follow
Matrix Games and Poker
(a supplemental article), which may be updated periodically;
after that we will follow the textbook
"Linear Programming" by Vasek Chvatal.
Occasionally we will refer to
"Linear Programming" by Vanderbei, 4th edition;
it is available to anyone with a CWL account.
We will then revisit matrix games and poker.
Other applications will be covered as time permits.
For all exams
you will be seated in alphabetical order by last name (as it appears
on my class list).
There may be more than one version of the midterm and/or the final.
Midterms will be photocopied before they are returned to you.
There will be one midterm, which will be held during class hours
on Friday, October 23;
location to be announced.
Here is a general skeletal blog for this course.
This will show where we are in the text, and list some of the key
points, terminology, etc. It is skeletal--just a bare outline--since
we will follow the supplemental article(s) and textbook very closely.
Homework to be listed here. At times, we will assign problems from
previous exams, which can be found at our course's
learning goals webpage.
Homework #1, due Sept 25: Exercises 9.3, 9.4, 9.7, and 9.8 of the
Matrix Games and Poker.
For 9.3, you can either
answer each part individually, or write a sentence or two to explain
what changes and what does not (but you must address all parts of the
For 9.3, 9.4, and 9.8 you must justify your answers with an explanation
(it is not enough just to write down the answer).
Homework #2, due Oct 9, is given
Homework #3, due Oct 21, is given
Homework #4, due Nov 6, is given
Homework #5, due Nov 13, is given
Homework #6, due Nov 25, is given
Office hours Dec 14-18:
Tuesday, Dec 15, 2-3:15pm,
Thursday, Dec 17, 9-10:30am,
all in Mathematics Building room 210.
|Sample Exam Problems
Learning goals, including sample example problems, appear in
webpage, which will