Course Syllabus: MATH 171A, Winter 2022


Instructor: Prof. Jiawang Nie
Office: AP&M 5864.
Phone: (858) 534-6015.
Email: njw "AT" math . ucsd . edu.
Office hours: 2:00-3:00 Wednesdays & Thursdays


Time: 3:30 pm - 4:50 pm, TuTh
Location: Zoom or Solis 104

Attending the lecture is a fundamental part of the course; you are responsible for material presented in the lecture whether or not it is discussed in the textbook. You should expect questions on the exams that will test your understanding of concepts discussed in the lecture. Please make sure your cell phone is turned off and put away during lecture.
  • Week #1 Jan 04 Jan 06
  • Week #2 Jan 11 Jan 13
  • TA Contact Info

    Ziyan Zhu : Office hours: 10-11(Th), 5-6(Fri), Email:
    Kehan Long : Office hours: 11-12(Fri), 4-5(Fri), Email:

    Course Description

    Linear optimization and applications. Linear programming, the simplex method, duality. Selected topics from integer programming, network flows, transportation problems, inventory problems, and other applications. Three lectures, one recitation. Knowledge of programming recommended.

    Here is preliminary schedule.


    Linear Algebra.


    Philip Gill et al., Linear Programming, 1998.

    Discussion Sessions and Teaching Assistants

    Attending discussion sections is a requirement for this course.

    Session A01: 8:00pm - 8:50pm, Wednesdays.   Room: HSS 1305.   TA:  Ziyan Zhu
    Session A02: 9:00pm - 9:50pm, Wednesdays.   Room: HSS 1305.   TA:  Ziyan ZHu
    Session A03: 5:00pm - 5:50pm, Wednesdays.   Room: APM 5402.   TA:  Kehan Long
    Session A04: 6:00pm - 6:50pm, Wednesdays.   Room: APM 5402.   TA:  Kehan Long


    Assignments will be assigned regularly. The due dates and time (in PST) are stated in the assignments.
  • Homework Assignment #1 due time: 11pm @ 1/14/2022
  • Homework Assignment #2 due time: 11pm @ 1/21/2022
  • Please write your names, ID nubmers, and section numbers on your homework, and staple together your homework pages.

    (i) Please write your names, id nubmers, and section numbers on your assignments.
    (ii) No late homework will be accepted for any reasons.
    (iii) The lowest grade of assignments will be droped.
    (iv) All assignments must be submitted through Gradescope.


    You may use any handheld calculator (but not a computer, PDA or any device with network capability) during exams; however, you will be expected to show all relevant computational steps: No credit will be given for unsupported answers gotten directly from a calculator.


    There will be two midterm exams and one final. Exam rules will be announced in class before the exams.
  • Midterm I - January 27, Thursday, 2022.
  • Midterm II - February 24, Thursday, 2022.
  • Final - March 15, 3:00pm - 5:59 pm, 2022.
  • Make-up exam policy

    There will be no make-up exams for this couse. If you miss an exam for any reason, then your course grade will be computed with the final exam counting 50% of your weighted average.


    The final course grade will be based on homework assignments, midterm and final exams. Your final grade will be the best of the following two weighted averages.
  • 20% Homework, 20% Midterm Exam I, 20% Midterm Exam II, 40% Final Exam
  • 20% Homework, 30% best Midterm Exam, 50% Final Exam
  • In addition, you must pass the final examination in order to pass the course.

    Academic Integrity

    Every student is expected to conduct themselves with academic integrity. Any kind of cheatings is not allowed in this course. Violations of academic integrity will be treated seriously.

    See UCSD Policy on Integrity of Scholarship.