Teaching and Advising

by L.N.Vaserstein

Fall  of 2016

Math 484, Linear Programs .   

484.004  MWF 09:05-09:55a  123 EE East

Office hours:  MWF 8:30-8:55a  and by appointment  in 215 McAllister Bldg

Required textbook: Introduction to Linear Programming by L.Vaserstein,  Prentice Hall, 2003. 

title page: ps | pdf ||  copyright page:  ps | pdf ||  contents&preface: ps | pdf ||
student's manual: ps | sol2.pdf ||  corrections to the textbook in plain text

See Angel for syllabus. Every student is special, but the same grading policy (see the syllabus) is applied to  everyone

regardless of race, creed, gender, ethnicity, age, family status, political views, need to graduate,  etc.

The final grades will be given in the last class.  If you have any questions about your points at Angel, do not wait till the last week of classes to ask.

Linear Algebra is a prerequisite.  You have to know :
what is a linear equation,
what it means to solve it,
how to solve any system of linear equations.

This is needed for Linear Programming and will be tested.  No division by 0 is tolerated .

No joint work allowed except for class participation.  It is NOT OK to show your homework or another test  to another student or look at another student's test (see academic integrity).

Before coming to a class you are not register for, ask permission, vstein@math.psu.edu. This includes coming to a different section of Math 484.

Perpetual homework: read every section of the textbook before the corresponding class  and do all exercises at the end of the section.
Your solutions to the  exercises  which are not  in the manual (more complicated ones are in the manual, sol2.pdf ) to be submitted into the appropriate Angel dropbox by the given deadlines. 

For all tests, give both the final answer and details (how you got the answer). If you use notes, books, computers, websites. etc. in your solutions, give proper references.  No electronic devices (including computers) are allowed in tests in class. If scanning homework, use white paper and black pen before scanning and check the result before submitting it. Not all homework will be graded. 

Do not sent me e-notes with size greater than 1mb. Any email concerning Math 484 should have Math 484.  on the Subject line.Your last name as registered with PSU should be on the From line or the Subject line. Do not send me any homework unless I request this.

Bonus points are given for class participation   (see details.), e.g., correcting me or students, asking or answering questions in class,  and anything good you do for class 

No points are given for health of family problems, yelling, crying, bribing, cheating (including lying, false reasons for missing tests,  and plagiarism), need to pass, not paying tuition on time, and learning little or nothing.

No make-ups are given for missing tests in class unless an e-mail is sent to vstein@math.psu.edu BEFORE the class (the section you registered for),  Attendance and pictures will be taken during the midterms. 




In their evaluations, some students wrote that it was easy to pass or to get A.

On the other hand,  you can see from the links below  that the numbers of F grades were: 4 in Spring of 2013 and 9 in Fall of 2013. Students who believe they can pass this course without learning anything are set for a disappointment.

For students who did not register, here is SyllabusF16\.rtf   in rtf available for everybody.

I do not sign permissions to add. If registered students drop, you can add without my permissions

You should write me about coming to every class without registration.

See details  about homework .

grades entered on Dec. 10,  2016   37 students

LD  F  D  C  C+

10  4  3  2   3

my links

Simplex Method scheme||  theorem on 4 alternatives  ||

Hungarian  Method  ||   Matching      |  job assignment problem   |

stable marriage problem

academic integrity  (what is cheating)| in plain text,   more info in html.


Details to Syllabus in rtf.

Class participation. in html

FAQ in html

more on homework in txt

previous teaching web pages

Spring 2000    |   Fall 2000   | Spring 2001  |  Fall 2001 Roe | Spring 2002  || Fall 2002  Math 436  |Math 486 || Spring 2003 |
2003 |  Spring 2004 games | Fall 2004 | Spring 2005 | | Fall 2005 | Spring 2006 |  Fall  2006 | Spring 2007 games |  Fall  2007 |
 Spring 2008 games | Fall 2008 LP | Fall 2009 | Spring 2010 Games|  | Fall 2010 LP | Spring 2011 games| ||  Fall of 2011 ||  Spring of 2012 |

| Fall 2012 || Spring 2013 || Fall 2013 || Spring 2014 | | Fall  2014 ||  Spring 2015  ||  Fall  2015 | Spring 2016 |

PSU links

math undergrad  math courses |  math instr  manual  |  | feedback    (send anonymous email to professor)  | 

| PSU auctions| PSU algebra and number theory  (with OR at math dept)| 

Take a Professor to Lunch  | free lunch  |
Teach for  America (for seniors) | National Security Education Program |
 | MURE |wiser    |  Medianet (Penn State's audiovisual database)
  || PSU OR   | blue book  - courses|  white book - graduate courses ||
teaching  |
entering  grades and class lists by LionPath |
||| F16 calendar   ||    Angel |   | coop  | LiomPath Math 484.4  | 

Policy 42-27: Class Attendance

Accordingly, it is the policy of the University that class attendance by students be encouraged and that all instructors organize and conduct their courses with this ...

E-11 Procedure attendance

web links

NUMB3RS   is a CBS show mixing math and crime . It
premieres on Sunday,  January 23, 2005 10PM ET (after football).

 errors lead to disasters |

Rites of Love and Math -- Official Trailer

15. Linear algebra:  International Linear Algebra Society   |MathWorld  definitions |
games and math programming
03 Logic:     List of fallacies - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | Top 20 Logical Fallacies - The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe | Fallacies

01 history  and biography:  Dantzig    at Stanford || Kantorovich | Nash |
90. Operations research, mathematical programming:   | Mathematical Programming Glossary  | FAQ on LP |
     |   Bibliography for Discrete Event Systems Simulation: Optimization and Sensitivity Analysis    |
     |   Global optimization page (U Wien) | Global optimization page (BU) |
     |   Mathematical Optimization TU Braunschweig     |  traveling salesman   | Interesting Models   |
     | Applied Management Science   |  INFORMS Online  | INFORMS  Resources|
 ||  software |
Opportunities for Research Funding in Operations Research / Management Sciences
|   LP tutoral
Hungarian algorithm - Wiki
91  Game theory, economics, social and behavioral sciences: Game of Life  | 2 | |  games   | Chronology of Game Theory |
  | blackjack| Nim  || car &goats (the Monty Hall problem) | 2 | 3 |4 | 5 |  6 || Prisoner's Dilemma | games and math programming  | matrix game solver |
cellular automata
| combinatorial game theory | Mathematical Psychology  |
Education: A.Toom |
college math:   Dave's Tables Cool Math  MBoneAsk Dr. Math   Common UG math errors   WEB Tutorials
| Mathematics Journal for Undergraduates  |  math jokes   more:    2 | 34  | 5   |6 | http://www.reocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Lab/3550/jokes2.htm7 |




Graduate Students
Home Page