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2.3 Linear Programming

Note: these notes cover the formulation and understanding of linear programming questions, methods for determining solutions to these problems are covered in notes for 2.4 Graphical Method for Solving Linear Programming Problems and 2.5 Integer Solutions for Linear Programming Problems.

Linear Programming and its Practical Applications

  • Linear programming describes a process whereby we wish to maximise the value of a particular function, known as the objective function.
  • The objective function is based on a number of variables, known as the decision variables. In the scope of Further Maths, we will analyse situations with two decision variables.
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