Discussion: Real World Application of Mathematical Programming

(1) Read this short example: see attached -1 on how organizations are using mathematical programming techniques to be more efficient and save millions of dollars. (From the textbook, An Introduction to Management Science: Quantitative Approaches to Decision Sciences – Chapter 7, Management Science in Action)

If you are interested in more information about this example, follow this link to the .see attached -1 Skim the article and take note of the types of variables and constraints (not the specific math but the concepts). Notice what types of constraints were needed to ensure a feasible solution.

(2) “Real World” Applications of mathematical programming. Search Google Links to an external site.and find other “real world” applications where the use of mathematical programming (using Linear / Integer / Mixed / Non-Linear Programming) helped an organization optimize its processes. Besides Google, there are several examples in the textbook chapter which can be used to begin your search. Please provide a link to the article, a synopsis of the how the company used these tools and what the result of the implementation. I am NOT looking for mathematical detail but rather a summary of the process.

Post and summarize a unique article and then respond to at least two posts from other students. You will not be able to view other student postings until you post your article, link, and synopsis.

please follow Discussion Rubric – see attached Discussion Rubric

Your initial post is due on or before Monday at 11:59. Your required responses to peers’ posts must be posted prior to Tuesdayat 11:59pm.



Can you help me understand this English question?


Read “The Boston Photographs (Links to an external site.)” by Nora Ephron.

When you have finished the essay, ponder these two questions:

  1. In paragraph 9, Ephron quotes a newspaperman as saying that before printing Forman’s pictures of the woman and the child falling from the fire escape, editors should have asked themselves “what purpose they served and what their effect was likely to be on the reader.” If you were an editor, what would your answer be? By the way, the pictures were not taken in a poor neighborhood, and they did not expose slum conditions.
  2. Ephron thinks it would be good for newspapers to publish more photographs of death and dying (pars. 11-13). State and evaluate her reasons.

After you have “thought” about the questions, post a response to either question(choose 1).

Add your initial reply post to this discussion by Wednesday night at 11:59 pm (to do so, just select the “reply” button, below). In your post please include the following:

  1. The number of the question you chose.
  2. Begin your post with your answer to the question (state an assertion) by incorporating the topic of the question into your sentence.
  3. After your thesis/assertion is stated, offer evidence/reasons for your claim.
  4. Feel free to use material from Ephron or your personal views.
  5. If you use any material from Ephron, you must cite it with an in text citation; failure to do so will result in your post portion of the score becoming a 0.

***The post must be at least 100 words.

By Saturday night at 11:59 pm, please reply to at least two of your peer’s posts. In each reply, please do at least one of the following:

  1. Note an idea that you and your peer shared or agreed upon.
  2. Share some feedback or commentary about something interesting he/she shared that you may not have considered.

***The replies must also be at least 50 words each.