OR/ISE/MA505 Syllabus

OR/ISE/MA 505: Syllabus

Fall 2019


Tu, Th 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM


327 | 111 Lampe Drive


Professor S.-C. Fang (fang@ncsu.edu)

  • Office
    450 | 111 Lampe Drive
  • Office Hours
    Tu, Th 2:30 – 3:30 PM (or by appointment)

Teaching Assistant

Shan Jiang (sjiang8@ncsu.edu)

  • Office
    428/443 | 111 Lampe Drive
  • Office Hours
    Mon 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    Wed 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM


  • Matrix Theory
  • Linear Algebra
  • OR 501 – Introduction to Operations Research (or equivalent)

Related Courses

  • OR 501 – Introduction to Operations Research
  • OR/MA 504 – Introduction to Mathematical Programming
  • OR 705 – Large Scale Linear Programming Systems
  • OR/MA/ST 706 – Nonlinear Programming
  • IE/OR/MA 766 – Network Flows

Course Objectives

ISE/OR/MA 505 is a course that provides the fundamental understanding to the theory and algorithms of linear optimization. It involves mathematical analysis, theorem proving, algorithm design and numerical methods. It is also a preparatory course for ISE/OR students to take their PhD Qualifying Exams on this subject.


  • Homeworks – 20%
  • First Exam – 25%
  • Second Exam – 25%
  • Final Exam – 30%

Evaluation Standard

  • A – 88 and above
  • B – 75 to 87
  • C – 60 to 74
  • Fail – under 60


  • About 10 homework assignments
  • Solution sets will be posted by TA.
  • Rule 1: No late homework without TA’s approval
  • Rule 2: Convince TA for any grade changes.


  • Rule 3: No make-up exam without instructor’s pre-approval or “doctor’s notes” from hospital.
  • First Exam: Up to the Simplex Method, closed book exam.
  • Second Exam: Up to Duality and Sensitivity, closed book exam with one 4×6 index card.
  • Final Exam: Comprehensive with emphasis on the Interior Point Methods, closed book with one 8×11 sheet.

End-of-Semester Class Evaluation

Online class evaluations will be available for students to complete during the last two weeks of class. Students will receive an email message directing them to a website where they can login using their Unity ID and complete evaluations. All evaluations are confidential; instructors will never know how any one student responded to any question, and students will never know the ratings for any particular instructors.

Evaluation Website: https://classeval.ncsu.edu

Student help desk: classeval@ncsu.edu

More information about ClassEval: http://www2.acs.ncsu.edu/UPA/classeval/index.htm

Academic Integrity

A student is expected to know what constitutes academic misconduct found in the Code of Student Conduct Policy ( POL11.35.1) , and to take responsibility for his/her actions. A student who is unsure whether an action constitutes an offense, or who needs help in learning how to avoid offenses (e.g., plagiarism, cheating) or about “rules” for group work/collaboration should seek guidance from the course instructor.

Students with Disabilities

North Carolina State University retains authority, through the Disability Services Office (located in Student Health Services Building, Suite 2221), in determining appropriate accommodations after giving consideration to the preferences of the student, the documentation provided, and institutional expertise in working with students with disabilities. If you require academic accommodations to lessen the impact of your disability, please register with the Disability Services Office at the beginning of each academic term.