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1 15.053 February 1, 2011 ! Handouts: Lecture Notes Class syllabus plus more Optimization Methods in Management Science www.ics.uci.edu/.../junkyard/ icosahedron-s.jpg 2 Introductions James Orlin Professor of Operations Research at Sloan E62-570 253-6606 [email protected] Office Hours Mondays 1:30 PM to 3 PM TAs Matthew Fontana [email protected] Gareth Williams [email protected] Office Hours Mondays 1:30 PM to 3 PM in E62-587, except holidays the following Wednesdays: Feb 23, March 2 and 16, April 20 and May 4. The Wednesday office hours will be held in 3 Class website + more ! Course notes ! Class website: stellar.mit.edu please log on as soon as possible Problem Set 1 will be due next Tuesday ! Grading and homework policies on website ! Announcements on web and by e-mail ! No laptops permitted in class, except by permission 4 The two digit code for our receiver is 10. Red: Response not received. Green: Response was received. Yellow: (Multiple flash) In the process of sending Yellow: (Single flash) Polling not open
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Q1. What year are you? 1. freshman 2. sophomore 3. junior 4. senior 5. grad student Q2. Are you taking 15.053 as 1. part of the management science major (or double major) 2. part of the management science minor 3. an elective 5 Q3. Do you own a clicker from Turning Technologies. 1.Yes 2.No, but I was given one for this subject. Q4. Rate your comfort in using Microsoft Excel in 15.053 on a scale from 1 to 5. 1.I don’t know how to use Excel 2.I have used Excel, but am not comfortable with it. 3.I am somewhat comfortable with Excel 4.I am comfortable in using Excel except that I don’t know many functions and I don’t use macros. 5.I am very comfortable in using Excel. 6 7 An optimization problem ! Given a collection of numbers, partition them into two groups such that the difference in the sums is as small as possible. ! Example: 7, 10, 13, 17, 20, 22 These numbers sum to 89 I can split them into {7, 10, 13, 17} sum is 47 {20, 22} sum is 42 Difference = 5. Can we do better? Excel Example 8 What is Operations Research? What is Management Science? ! World War II : British military leaders asked scientists and engineers to analyze several military problems Deployment of radar Management of convoy, bombing, antisubmarine, and mining operations.
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