MTH 363     Operations Research

Instructor: Hamid Behmard

Office: MNB 119, phone: 838-8869,  email:

Office Hours: 11:00 - 12:00 M,W, F; 12:00 - 1:00 T; 3:00-4:00 F; other times by appointment.

Text: I will suggest reference textbooks. I will provide the notes for the class in the form of Pencast.

Who: This class is intended for students who are majored/minored in mathematics/Computer Science.

Goal: We will learn the basics of optimization through operations research. The main tool for solving problems is what is called Simplex Method.

Homework and Programming: You will be assigned homework almost every class day. I will collect your homework weekly. There will also be several computer programs.

Exams: There will be two in class exams on February 6 and March 6.

Project: You will work on a project that is due on March 6. The project can be done in a group of 2 students. You will give a short presentation (about 15 minutes) on your presentation in the last week of classes. Your presenation has 20% of your grade. It needs to be typed in LaTex. I will give you more explanation as we move forward in class.

There is no make-up for missed homework, programs or exams.

Nonacademic electronic devices and tardiness policies: You are not allowed to use any nonacademic electronic devices (Ipod, MP3 players, cell phones, etc.) during the class time. If you bring your cell phone into the class, you MUST turn off the ringer. If you are consistently late to class (3 minutes or more), I will ask you not to attend the class until you resolve your time conflict.

     Hwk & Prog      40%
     Midterms           40% (two at 20% each)
     Project               20%

Grades will be assigned (roughly) according to the following scale ("+" and "-" will be determined later):
             A   90-100%
             B   80-89%
             C   70-79%
             D   60-69%
             F   30-59%

Where to get help:

General guidelines for success: