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Unformatted text preview: Readers who want to master the subject will have to do more than a few of the twenty dozen carefully chosen exercises. This book began as notes I typed in the spring of 1997 as I was teaching ORIE 361 at Cornell for the second time. In Spring 2009, the mathematics department there introduced its own version of this course, MATH 474. This started me on the task of preparing the second edition. The plan was to have this finished in Spring 2010 after the second time I taught the course, but when May rolled around completing the book lost out to getting ready to move to Durham after 25 years in Ithaca. In the Fall of 2011, I taught Duke’s version of the course, Math 216, to 20 undergrads and 12 graduate students and over the Christmas break the second edition was completed. The second edition di↵ers substantially from the first, though curiously the length and the number of problems has remained roughly constant. Throughout the book there are many new examples and problems, with solutions that use the TI-83 to eliminate the tedious details of solving linear equatio...
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