Elementary Linear Programming with Applications


  • Bernard Kolman, Drexel University
  • Robert Beck, Villanova University

Linear programming finds the least expensive way to meet given needs with available resources. Its results are used in every area of engineering and commerce: agriculture, oil refining, banking, and air transport. Authors Kolman and Beck present the basic notions of linear programming and illustrate how they are used to solve important common problems. The software on the included disk leads students step-by-step through the calculations.<BR/>The <STRONG>Second Edition</STRONG> is completely revised and provides additional review material on linear algebra as well as complete coverage of elementary linear programming. Other topics covered include: the Duality Theorem; transportation problems; the assignment problem; and the maximal flow problem. New figures and exercises are provided and the authors have updated all computer applications.<BR/>The&nbsp;companion website on <u>www.elsevierdirect.com</u>&nbsp;contains the student-oriented linear programming code SMPX, written by Professor Evar Nering of Arizona State University. The authors also recommend inexpensive linear programming software for personal computers.</p><p><p>Please note the previous printing included a disk attached to the back of the book. </p><P/><p>The material is now only available on the companion website -</p><P/><p>http://www.elsevierdirect.com/product.jsp?isbn=9780124179103</p><P/></p>
View full description


Students in one-term undergraduate course on linear programming. Focused on students in quantitative fields who need some business-related skills, or for business students who need to develop quantitative methods for decision-making.

Book information

  • Published: June 1995
  • ISBN:
  • 5-Year Impact Factor:


"The book presents the basic ideas of linear programming and related areas by not using a rigorous approach. The main objective, to provide a textbook that is readable by students in business, engineering, and computer science, seems to have been achieved....A rich set of more than 280 exercises, real-life projects and further reading suggestions successfully stimulates learning." --MATHEMATICAL REVIEWS "...The book is very clearly written with many illustrative examples and exercises. The proofs of theoretical results are kept to a minimum so that the book is easy to read even for non mathematics students. It is an excellent textbook on linear programming at an introductory level." --ZENT. FUR MATHEMATIK UNDIHRE GRENZGEBIETE

Available Volumes