Unconstrained optimization

Learning objectives

  • Describe the behavior of a function of 1 or 2 variables near a critical point
  • Find critical points on a graph or contour diagram
  • Distinguish between local and global maxima
  • Use iterative methods to search for maxima and minima of a function

Before class

  • Read Hughes-Hallett 4.1, 4.3, 9.5
  • Ponder problems 4.1. 1-10, 20; 4.3. 3-8, 32, 37; 9.5. 1-8, 16, 18.

In class

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