Math 164: Optimization

General information

  • Lecture: MWF 3-3:50pm (Lec 2) and 4-4:50pm (Lec 3) both in MS5137.

  • Intructor: Wotao Yin. Office hour: MW 5-6pm in MS7620B.

  • TA Sessions: Th 3-3:50pm MS5137 (Lec 2) and Th 4-4:50pm MS5117 (Lec 3).

  • TA: Brent Woodhouse. Office hours Th 5-6pm and F 10am-12pm.

  • Online forum (Sign up).


  1. An Introduction to Optimization, 4th Edition, by Chong and Zak.

  2. Notes for lectures not covered by the above book will be provided.

3-email policy:

Students are encouraged to take full advantage of the Piazza online forum, as well as the office hours, for questions and discussions regarding the lectures, homework, exams, and grading policy. The instructor and TA will respond up to three emails to each student. They will, however, periodically answer questions in the online forum.

Weekly homework

  • Deadline: each Friday lecture, unless otherwise noticed (the first homework due 1pm Monday of the second week).

  • Grading: Not all problems will be marked. Every homework set will have the equal weight. Your lowest homework score will not count toward your final grade. No late homework will be accepted. Unaccepted and missing submissions get 0 score.

  • Homework policy: You are encouraged to discuss homework questions on Piazza or in person. However, copying others’ solutions or programs is considered a serious violation, which will be immediately reported. You should never share your written solutions with anyone else. Posting solutions online is a serious violation. Except for the last week, there will be weakly homework assignments, which will be announced on each Friday and due at 3pm of the following Friday. The assignment with the lowest score will not count toward your final grade. Please use word processing software to type your solutions. Grading will take both correctness and clarity into consideration. Homework will submitted in class every Friday.

Midterm exam

  • Time and location: Monday, May 8th, 3-3:50pm (Lec 2) and 4-4:50pm (Lec 3) in MS5137.

  • You must take the exam in your lecture.

  • There will be no make-up midterm.

Final exam

  • Lec 2: Friday, June 16, 11:30-2:30pm.

  • Lec 3: Tuesday, June 13, 11:30-2:30pm.

  • You must take the exam in your lecture.

  • There will be no make-up final.


  • Grades will be curved according to 40% homework, 20% midterm, and 40% final.

  • Extra credit: up to extra 5% classroom/online participation (for online participation, we only count those posts with names).

  • Lateness policy: No extension will be granted. No late submission will be accepted. No exceptions.

Students with disabilities

Students needing an academic accommodation based on a disability should contact the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) located at (310) 825-1501 or A255 Murphy Hall. When possible, students should contact the OSD within the first two weeks of the term as reasonable notice is needed to coordinate accommodations. For more information visit

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