Chapter 7.

5 Linear Programming
Objectives: 1.) To be able to find feasible solutions and analyze for the optimal solutions 2.) To understand optimal solutions and how they maximize or minimize a real life model 3.) Effectively solve linear system of inequalities manually and using Excel

Goal: Consider the problem
• A farmer has two crops planted by the acre: wheat (X) and corn (Y). Say it is calculated that each acre of wheat takes 3 hours of labor and 2 pounds of fertilizer. Corn is calculated that each acre takes 2 hours of labor and 4 pounds of fertilizer. Wheat brings in $200 of profit/acre and corn brings in $300 per/acre. If the farmer has 45 acres of land, 100 hours of labor available, and 120 lbs of fertilizer, find the number of acres to plant of each crop in order to maximize the profit.

• Optimization: A process in which you are asked to find the minimum or maximum of a quantity
– Example: Find the advertizing routes that would minimize cost for marketing – Example: Find the number of acres to plant particular crops to maximize profit

• Objective Function: a linear equation that represents the equation you want to minimize or maximize • Constraints: A system of linear inequalities that represents the situation

Manual Linear Programming
1.) Pick your variables and KNOW what they stand for. 2.) Determine your objective function 3.) Determine your constraints 4.) Graph your constraints (they form a system of linear inequalities) 5.) Find the vertices of the region (These are your FEASIBLE SOLUTIONS) 6.) Plug the feasible solutions into your objective function. Pick out the maximum/minimum value


Example: Start on 34

Homework: 7.5
• Pg 529 #2-3; 8; 34-37

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