INSTRUCTOR:  John Stockie Office: K 10518 Phone: 7787823553 Email: stockie [at] math.sfu.ca Web: http://www.math.sfu.ca/~stockie/teaching/math309/ 

CLASS TIMES:  MWF 9:3010:20, WMC 3210  
MY OFFICE HOURS:  Fridays 10:3011:20  
TUTORIALS:  Each of you is assigned to a tutorial section which is run by your
TA:
Lee Safranek
(email: ljs8 [at] sfu [dot] ca)
 
I strongly encourage you to attend your scheduled tutorial session. Your TA is available to provide help with homework questions or explaining material from class. He will also review homework and midterm solutions. When needed, your TA may provide supplementary material and additional examples that I couldn't otherwise cover in class.  
PREREQUISITES:  MATH 240 or 232, and MATH 251. Recommended: MATH 308.  
TEXTBOOK:  The required textbook for the course is:
This book has an electronic version that you can access via the SFU Library (just click on the link above). Another excellent book that I recommend for ``extra reading'' is also available in the library as a hardcopy:
 
Both textbooks are held on reserve in the library.  
HOMEWORK: 


TESTS:  There will be one midterm test held in class on Wednesday February 26. The final exam is scheduled for Saturday April 12 at 12:00pm and will cover all material in the course.  
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: 

OUTLINE:  (below is the official outline for Spring 2014, which may differ from what is posted on the Math Department's web site) 
This course covers elementary aspects of the theory, numerical
algorithms, and practical applications of convex optimization,
which refers to finding maxima/minima of a function of several real
variables with/without (in)equality constraints. Examples will be
drawn from applications in scheduling and assignment, image
reconstruction, signal processing, economics, and engineering design. An
essential component of this course will be understanding optimization
algorithms (mostly implemented in Matlab) and using them to solve
real problems.
Below is a rough outline of topics to be covered along with pointers to relevant sections of the textbook. Additional examples and material will be added as required from the text and other sources.  

MARKING SCHEME:  


Students requesting any special accommodations for reasons of disability, religion, etc. MUST inform me during the first week of the semester. 
Last modified: Tue Jan 14 2014 