17.6 Linear Programming

  • Constraints • Objective Function • Feasible Point • Vertices of Region of Feasible Points • Maximizing or Minimizing Objective Function

An important area in which graphs of inequalities with two or more variables are used is in the branch of mathematics known as linear programming (in this context, “programming” does not mean computer programming). This subject, which we mentioned in the chapter introduction, is widely applied in industry, business, economics, and technology. The analysis of many social problems can also be made by use of linear programming.

Linear programming is used to analyze problems such as those related to maximizing profits, minimizing costs, or the use of materials with certain constraints ...

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