Feb 25, 2024  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    
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MA 343 - Linear Programming

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course introduces the fundamentals of linear programming methods. Topics include the simplex method, duality and transportation problem. (prereq: MA 383  or MA 2831 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
• Use matrix methods to analyze and solve systems of linear equations
• Grasp some of the basic ideas underlying linear programming
• Solve linear programming problems in two variables using a geometric approach
• Solve linear programming problems using the simplex method
• Use the primal-dual approach
Prerequisites by Topic
• College algebra including matrices and determinants
Course Topics
• Review of matrices and determinants (2 classes)
• Study and solution of simultaneous linear equations (2 classes)
• Linear programming leading to the simplex method (5 classes)
• Simplex method (4 classes)
• Primal-dual problems (6 classes)
• The transportation problem (2 classes)
• Graphs and networks (1 class)
• Critical path method (2 classes)
• The maximal flow problem (2 classes)
• Review and exams (4 classes)
Coordinator
Bruce O’Neill



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