Math 340 - 202, Term 2 2011
Introduction to Linear Programming
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- Please don't forget leave your homework on the front blue desk to
be collected at the start
of class (by 11.05am). Thank you to all of you who did this.
- Well done on the great midterm average of 76%! Keep up the hard
work until the final!
- 15 March: Office hours cancelled Thursday 4pm due to meeting.
me if needs be, thanks.
- 5 April: Office hours moved to end of class for your convenience.
Lecturer: S. van Willigenburg,
Math 208, 822-2630, steph at math splotch ubc splotch ca
Location: TuTh 11.00-12.30 BUCH B213
Web page: http://www.math.ubc.ca/~steph/340/340.html
Office hours: Mon 10-11am, Thur 4-5pm, 15 mins just after class, and by
Wednesday). You can also email me anytime.
This is an introduction to linear programming. There will be emphasis
both on proof and
techniques. We will cover linear programming
problems, dual problems, the simplex method, solution of primal and
problems, sensitivity analysis and, if time permits, game theory.
Prerequisites are one of Math 152, Math 221, Math 223.
Vasek Chvatal, Linear Programming, WH Freeman and Company,
ISBN-10 0716715872, ISBN-13 978-0716715870 (both paperback).
books on the subject can also
be found in the library (start browsing around QA 265 or T 57).
There will be weekly homework
assignments due on Thursdays at the start of class. The homework is
the most important
of the course. Most of your learning will take place while doing it. We
will not accept late homework except in very unusual circumstances.
We will, however, drop the lowest homework grade.
Tuesday 7th February.
Thursday 12th April.
Calculators, books, notes etc are not permitted in either exam.
bring your student ID to both exams.
Please note that there are no make-up or alternate exams, so make
you do not make travel plans, work plans etc that will conflict. Valid
documentation must be provided if any consideration is to be
taken for a missed midterm.
Your grade will be based on the homework (10%), the midterm (30 or
and the final (60 or 50%), whichever gives you the best grade.
Since this is a Mathematics Majors course, there is a
grade of around 68% and students will be expected to construct proofs
fundamental ideas of the course.
Working together and academic integrity
Homework: We have no objection to collaboration on the homework,
that it is done in a way that maximizes the benefit of the homework to
all people involved. It is our experience that you
- maximum benefit from a homework problem if you work hard on it
before combining your ideas with someone else's,
Regardless of whether you arrive at solutions in collaboration with
others or alone, the paper
that you turn in with your name on it should represent your own
written in your own words.
- no benefit from one person just telling another how to do a
In particular, you may not simply copy someone else's homework
turn it in as your own. Similarly, copying solutions that you
might find on
the web or from some other source is illegal.
These will all be treated as a violation of UBC's
Integrity Code. We take academic
very seriously and will follow university procedures in all cases of
cheating - disciplinary
measures can result in expulsion.
Exams: There is anecdotal evidence that quite a bit of cheating
In an effort to prevent one common form of cheating, we will xerox a
sample of exam books before returning them.
Use of cell phones (in any manner), laptops, iphones, Blackberries
and other electronic devices during class is highly inappropriate,
distracting and disrespectful to fellow students and the instructor.
Chatting with neighbours, even when whispered, is equally unacceptable.
If you have a question then please ask the instructor so the whole
class may benefit too. Arriving late and leaving early is also
discouraged. If it happens then please enter/leave the room silently
and do not disrupt the other students or instructor. Thank you.
1, due Thursday January 12th.
2, due Thursday January 19th.
3, due Thursday January 26th.
4, due Thursday February 2nd.
due Thursday Feruary 9th due to midterm.
5, due Thursday February 16th.
6, due Thursday March 1st.
7, due Thursday March 8th.
8, due Thursday March 15th.
9, due Thursday March 22nd.
10, due Thursday March 29th.
11, due Thursday April 5th.
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