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x y

means that only values of x that are greater than or equal to the y values are allowed.

x 20

means that only x values which are less than or equal to 20 are allowed.

The constraints are used to create bounds of the solution.

The solution

Points that satisfy the constraints are called feasible solutions.

Once we have determined the feasible region the solution of our problem will be the feasible point where the objective function is a maximum / minimum. Sometimes there will be more than one feasible point where the objective function is a maximum/minimum — in this case we have more than one solution.

Example of a problem

A simple problem that can be solved with linear programming involves Mrs Nkosi and her farm.

Mrs Nkosi grows mielies and potatoes on a farm of 100 m 2 . She has accepted orders that will need her to grow at least 40 m 2 of mielies and at least 30 m 2 of potatoes. Market research shows that the demand this year will be at least twice as much for mielies as for potatoes and so she wants to use at least twice as much area for mielies as for potatoes. She expects to make a profit of R650 per m 2 for her mielies and R1 500 per m 2 on her potatoes. How should she divide her land so that she can earn the most profit?

Let m represent the area of mielies grown and let p be the area of potatoes grown.

We shall see how we can solve this problem.

Method of linear programming

Method: linear programming

  1. Identify the decision variables in the problem.
  2. Write constraint equations
  3. Write objective function as an equation
  4. Solve the problem

Skills you will need

Writing constraint equations

You will need to be comfortable with converting a word description to a mathematical description for linear programming. Some of the words that are used is summarised in [link] .

Phrases and mathematical equivalents.
Words Mathematical description
x equals a x = a
x is greater than a x > a
x is greater than or equal to a x a
x is less than a x < a
x is less than or equal to a x a
x must be at least a x a
x must be at most a x a

Mrs Nkosi grows mielies and potatoes on a farm of 100 m 2 . She has accepted orders that will need her to grow at least 40 m 2 of mielies and at least 30 m 2 of potatoes. Market research shows that the demand this year will be at least twice as much for mielies as for potatoes and so she wants to use at least twice as much area for mielies as for potatoes.

  1. There are two decision variables: the area used to plant mielies ( m ) and the area used to plant potatoes ( p ).

    • grow at least 40 m 2 of mielies
    • grow at least 30 m 2 of potatoes
    • area of farm is 100 m 2
    • demand is at least twice as much for mielies as for potatoes
    • m 40
    • p 30
    • m + p 100
    • m 2 p

Constraints as equation

Write the following constraints as equations:

  1. Michael is registering for courses at university. Michael needs to register for at least 4 courses.
  2. Joyce is also registering for courses at university. She cannot register for more than 7 courses.
  3. In a geography test, Simon is allowed to choose 4 questions from each section.
  4. A baker can bake at most 50 chocolate cakes in 1 day.
  5. Megan and Katja can carry at most 400 koeksisters.

Questions & Answers

what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
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What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
research.net
kanaga
sciencedirect big data base
Ernesto
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
Bharti
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
Daniel
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
Maciej
characteristics of micro business
Abigail
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Anassong
How can I make nanorobot?
Lily
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
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there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
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how can I make nanorobot?
Lily
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
s.
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
Tarell
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
Damian
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
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