An Introduction to the Mathematics of Planning and Scheduling

Geza Paul Bottlik

February 27, 2017 by Routledge
Textbook - 210 Pages - 99 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138197299 - CAT# K31258


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  • Introduces concepts by accessible narratives followed by illustrative tables and problem sets before moving on to more complex solution techniques
  • Covers inventory, production planning, scheduling problems, generation problems, algorithms for one- two- and three-machine problems, optimization, heuristic approaches, worst case bounds and relaxation assumptions
  • Contains costing, project scheduling, demonstration files, selected proofs, problems and biographies in appendices
  • Provides Excel exercises
  • Includes the contributions of an author with extensive teaching and engineering experience


This book introduces readers to the many variables and constraints involved in planning and scheduling complex systems, such as airline flights and university courses. Students will become acquainted with the necessity for scheduling activities under conditions of limited resources in industrial and service environments, and become familiar with methods of problem solving.

Written by an expert author with decades of teaching and industry experience, the book provides a comprehensive explanation of the mathematical foundations to solving complex requirements, helping students to understand underlying models, to navigate software applications more easily, and to apply sophisticated solutions to project management. This is emphasized by real-world examples, which follow the components of the manufacturing process from inventory to production to delivery.

Undergraduate and graduate students of industrial engineering, systems engineering, and operations management will find this book useful in understanding optimization with respect to planning and scheduling.

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