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Principles of Optimization
Math 364

Important Information

Here is the course Syllabus.

Resources

Here is the course textbook (updated August 15).

Homework Self-Study

Be able to complete all of the Exercises presented in the text. This should be the focus of your self-study. For problems to be turned in and graded, see the next section.

Homework for Submission

(##) [Due Date] Assignment
(01) [Th Aug 22] Chapter 2, Exercise 1
(02) [Tu Aug 27] Chapter 2, Exercise 8
(03) [Th Aug 29] Chapter 3, Exercise 4
(04) [Tu Sep 03] Chapter 3, Exercises 5c and 8c
(05) [Th Sep 05] Chapter 4, Exercise 4
(06) [Tu Sep 10] Chapter 4, Exercises 6a and 6b
(07) [Th Sep 12] Chapter 5, Exercise 2
(08) [Tu Sep 17] Chapter 6, Exercise 2
(09) [Th Sep 19] Chapter 7, Exercise 1a
(10) [Tu Sep 24] Chapter 7, Exercise 2
(11) [Th Sep 26] Chapter 8, Exercise 7a and 7b
(12) [Tu Oct 01] Chapter 9, Exercise 1
(13) [Th Oct 03] Chapter 9, Exercise 5

Midterm Exam

Date: Thursday, October 3
Time: during normal class time
Place: we will use our normal classroom

Final Exam

Date: Thursday, December 12
Time: 10:10AM -- 12:10PM
Place: TBD (likely our normal classroom)

Convex and Nonlinear Optimization
Math 564

Resources

Course Syllabus

Definitions

As part of your homework, you will need to formally define various mathematical terms. What follows is a list of terms that you should include, though it may not be complete. This list will be regularly updated.

unconstrained local minimum (maximum)
unconstrainted global minimum (maximum)
stationary point
singular, nonsingular
locally stable
coercive
isolated stationary point

Homework Assignments

Your homework will be collected in a single document which you will keep at overleaf.com and you must provide me with edit priviledges (for feedback and grading). You may wish to start with this homework assignment template and example figure.

Section 1.1, Exercises 1,2,4,8.
Section 1.2, Exercises 1,3,7,12.
Section 1.3, Exercises 1,3.
Section 1.4, Exercises 1,8.
Section 1.5, Exercises 1.

Midterm Exam #1

Date: Monday, September 16
Time: 9:10AM - 10:00AM
Place: CUE 409

Midterm Exam #2

Date: Monday, October 14
Time: 9:10AM - 10:00AM
Place: CUE 409

Midterm Exam #3

Date: Wednesday, November 13
Time: 9:10AM - 10:00AM
Place: CUE 409

Final Exam

Date: Friday, December 13
Time: 8:00AM - 10:00AM
Place: CUE 409

Research

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