Operations Research--Methods and Problems

Operations Research--Methods and Problems

Operations Research--Methods and Problems

Operations Research--Methods and Problems

Excerpt

Most books of a technical nature arise from a specific need in some field of endeavor. In the new and growing field of operations research, students, teachers, and practitioners alike have felt the lack of a textbook containing illustrative problems and exercises. As far as we know, this book makes such material available to the general public for the first time.

Much of the subject matter of this book arose out of a problems course in operations research, designed as a companion course to the general methods course offered at Case Institute of Technology. In developing any new course, according to the familiar law of least effort, one resorts to the techniques of collection, adaptation, and invention in that order. The resulting material will thus not be entirely original; it will, however, express the preference, judgment, and personality of those who do the work.

The book is addressed to readers who have a working knowledge of the differential and integral calculus. Following the introductory material, which includes a problem-centered review of certain basic topics in probability and statistics, each chapter contains (1) the general theory and techniques of a particular problem area in operations research, (2) a number of completely solved problems demonstrating these techniques, and (3) a number of problems for the reader to solve, some with answers. Each of Chapters 4 through 10 is concerned with a separate area in operations research, and is complete in itself as a teaching unit.

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