Introduction to Mathematical Programming
Prof. Cliff Stein
306 Mudd Hall
- Office Hours:
T 11:00-12:00, W 3:30-5:00 and by appointment
- Office Hours:
M 6:00-8:00, Th 5:00-7:00 and by appointment
- Please be on time for lecture. It is distracting to everyone when you
are late. Coming late has, in the past, been detremental to one's grade.
Recitations are required. You must go to one.
- Section 1: M 5:00-6:00, 301 Mudd
- Section 2: T 5:00-6:00, 301 Mudd
Introduction to Mathematical Programming, Wayne Winston,
I will send various kinds of information by way of
electronic mail addresses, and I will respond to questions from you
sent by email. Please check your email frequently, and before working
on an assignment, check whether I have sent out any changes.
I will assume that when I send email out to the class, you have read
There will be weekly written assignments, generally available on
the web by Wednesday afternoon and due the following Wednesday,
at the beginning of class.
will genereally not be accepted.
Exceptions will be made only for
exceptional extenuating circumstances (e.g. serious illness,
The main goal of the homework assignments is education, not evaluation.
We must also be mindful of rules regarding academic honesty and
plagarism. To facilitate these goals, we will use the following policy.
- All work submitted for credit must be your own.
- You may discuss the homework problems with your classmates,
the teaching assistant(s), and Professor Stein. For each problem,
you must acknowledge
the people with whom you discussed your work, and you must
independently write up your own solutions. Any written
sources used (apart from the text)
must also be acknowledged; however, you may not consult
any solutions from previous years' assignments whether they are
student or faculty generated.
- If you do choose to copy another student's work, or to copy from
some other source, please state this in writing on your homework assignment.
- Please ask if you have any questions about this policy.
Violations will be treated harshly. This means that if you violate
the policy, even once, your grade on homework for the entire semester
will be 0. Note that allowing someone else to copy your solution is
just as serious as copying someone else's solution.
In this course, each homework problem will be graded according to the
following system. Note that the intention of the system is to reward
good or excellent performance rather than to distinguish between
different types of mistakes.
The grades are:
- Solution is "so beautiful that you want to cry." Gets substantial
- A perfect solution. It must be both correct and presented clearly.
- A very good solution. You answered all that is required and did it well.
A student with all "+" grades has an
"A" for the homework part of the grade. Any flaws are
- A good solution. You basically got it but might have some flaws.
- A mediocre solution. You have some of the main ideas, but there are
some moderately serious problems.
- Something of value here, but major
- An attempt, but not much of
- Nothing turned in.
- There will be two midterms and a final exam. For each exam, you will
be allowed to bring one 8.5 by 11 inch piece of paper with notes into
- Homeworks: 15%
- Midterm 1: 25%
- Midterm 2: 25%
- Final: 35%
Hardware Requirements: You will need access to a PC for
some of the
assignments. You can use the IEOR lab, or your own PC. There may be problems
using LINDO in the IEOR lab. More information will follow soon.
Software Requirements: You will need to use some software
that solves linear programs. LINDO/LINGO is included with the book, and
Excel also has this capability. You may want to use software such as
Matlab to check you calculations.
Students with Disabilites
I encourage students with disabilities, including invisible disabilities
such as chronic diseases and learning disabilities, to discuss with
me any appropriate accommodations that I might make on their