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Unformatted text preview: ENGRI 1101 Engineering Applications of OR Fall 2008 Handout 1 What is Operations Research? In its most basic form, O.R. may be viewed as a scientific approach to solving problems; it abstracts the essential elements of the problem into a model, which is then analyzed to yield an optimal solution for implementation. The mathematical details and the specific techniques used to build and analyze these models can be quite sophisticated and the aim of this course is to get you familiar with some of these techniques. O.R. is a systematic framework to help make decisions, hence it is important to have a clear understanding of this framework so that it can be applied to a generic problem. The so-called O.R. approach is illustrated in the following figure. Implement your solution Formulate a model sove model Devise ways to were done Do answers seem ok? Compare solutions with reality Yes No While there is no clear date that marks the birth of O.R., it is generally accepted that the field originated in England during World War II. The impetus for its origin was the development of radar defense systems for the Royal Air Force, and the first recorded use of the term Operations Research is attributed to a British Air...
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