Course Syllabus: MATH 171A, Winter 2018

Instruction

Instructor: Prof. Jiawang Nie
Office: AP&M 5864.
Phone: (858) 534-6015.
Email: njw "AT" math . ucsd . edu.
Office hours: 2:30-3:30 Mondays and Fridays

Lectures

Time: 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm, MWF
Location: CENTER HALL 113

Attending the lecture is a fundamental part of the course; you are responsible for material presented in the lecture whether or not it is discussed in the textbook. You should expect questions on the exams that will test your understanding of concepts discussed in the lecture. Please make sure your cell phone is turned off and put away during lecture.

TA Contact Info

Xindong Tang : Office hours: 4-5, TuTh, APM 6436, Email: xit039@ucsd.edu
Zi Yang : Office hours: 2-3, TuTh, APM 6414, Email: ziy109@ucsd.edu

Course Description

Linear optimization and applications. Linear programming, the simplex method, duality. Selected topics from integer programming, network flows, transportation problems, inventory problems, and other applications. Three lectures, one recitation. Knowledge of programming recommended.

Here is a tentative course schedule.

Prerequisite

Math 20F with a grade of C or better.

Textbook

Philip Gill et al., Linear Programming, 1998.

Discussion Sessions and Teaching Assistants

Attending discussion sections is a requirement for this course.

Session A01: 8:00pm - 8:50pm, Fridays.   Room: APM B402A.   TA:  Xindong Tang
Session A02: 5:00pm - 5:50pm, Fridays.   Room: APM B402A.   TA:  Zi Yang
Session A03: 6:00pm - 6:50pm, Fridays.   Room: APM B402A.   TA:  Zi Yang
Session A04: 7:00pm - 7:50pm, Fridays.   Room: APM B402A.   TA:  Xindong Tang

Homework Assignments

Homework will be assigned weekly and collected by TA on the due dates (at 11pm, in the drop-box). The worst of your homework assignment grades will be droped. No late homework will be accepted for any reasons.
  • Homework Assignment #1 due on 1/19/2018 Here is the solution.
  • Homework Assignment #2 due on 1/26/2018 Here is the solution.
  • Homework Assignment #3 due on 2/02/2018 Here is the solution.
  • Homework Assignment #4 due on 2/16/2018 Here is the solution.
  • Homework Assignment #5 due on 2/23/2018
  • Homework Assignment #6 due on 3/02/2018
  • Please write your names, ID nubmers, and section numbers on your homework, and staple together your homework pages.

    Calculators

    You may use any handheld calculator (but not a computer, PDA or any device with network capability) during exams; however, you will be expected to show all relevant computational steps: No credit will be given for unsupported answers gotten directly from a calculator.

    Exams

    There will be two (2) midterm exams given during the regular lecture hour. You may bring one 8.5 by 11 inch handwritten sheet of notes with you to each midterm exam. Please make sure your cell phone is turned off and put away during exams.
  • Midterm I - February 2, Friday, 2018. Here is the first practice midterm.
  • Midterm II - March 2, Friday, 2018.
  • Final - March 19, 7:00pm - 9:59 pm, 2018.
  • Make-up exam policy

    There will be no make-up exams for this couse. If you miss an exam for any reason, then your course grade will be computed with the final exam counting 75% of your weighted average.

    Grading

    The final course grade will be based on homework assignments, midterm and final exams. Your final grade will be the best of the following two weighted averages.
  • 10% Homework, 15% Midterm Exam I, 15% Midterm Exam II, 60% Final Exam
  • 10% Homework, 15% best Midterm Exam, 75% Final Exam

  • Academic Integrity

    Every student is expected to conduct themselves with academic integrity. Any kind of cheatings is not allowed in this course. Violations of academic integrity will be treated seriously.

    See UCSD Policy on Integrity of Scholarship.