Logistics

  • Intructor: Laurent El Ghaoui

    • Contact: elghaoui at berkeley

    • Office hours: After class on Thursdays: Thu 2:10PM – 3:10PM, 421 SDH.

  • Teaching assistants: TBD.

  • Material:

    • We follow closely the textbook Optimization Models.

    • You can also find the livebook useful. A livebook is a platform that allows users to post questions on specific parts on the text. To access you need to register (it is free to do so).

  • Homeworks: there will be a total of 5 Homeworks; most require the use of Matlab. Typically the HW is given on a Thursday, and due in class two weeks later. If you turn your homework late, there will be a 2 point penalty per day, with a maximum delay until the next class following the due date (that is, if a HW is due on a Thursday, you have to turn it on the following Tuesday at the latest). Only the best 4 homework scores will count towards your grade.

  • Exams: There will be two quizzes (2/19/15 and 4/14/15, in class), one midterm (3/12/15, in class), and a final (date and location TBD).

  • Grading: 10% quizzes, 25% homework, midterm (20%), final (40%).

  • Discussion section:

    • 101: W 12-1P, 310 HEARST MIN.

    • 102: W 5-6P, 241 CORY.

    • 103: M 10-11A, 3102 ETCHEVERRY.

  • Software: for the homeworks, we will use the free matlab toolbox called CVX.