6.251J / 15.081J Introduction to Mathematical Programming

Fall 2002

Graph created by Professor John Tsitsiklis.
Image from the course textbook. (Courtesy of D. Bertsimas and J. N. Tsitsiklis, Introduction to Linear Optimization, Athena Scientific, 1997.)

Course Highlights

This course features full sets of homework assignments and recitation handouts, in addition to quizzes and other materials used by students in the course. The course materials are largely based on the textbook, Introduction to Linear Optimization, written by Professors John Tsitsiklis and Dimitris Bertsimas (Athena Scientific, 1997, see http://www.athenasc.com/linoptbook.html for more information).

Course Description

This course offers an introduction to optimization problems, algorithms, and their complexity, emphasizing basic methodologies and the underlying mathematical structures. The main topics covered include:

- Theory and algorithms for linear programming
- Network flow problems and algorithms
- Introduction to integer programming and combinatorial problems

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

One session / week
1 hour / session