Course syllabus


FMAN61, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2023/24
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED F/Pi
Date of Decision: 2023-04-18

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Elective Compulsory for: I3
Elective for: BME4, D4-mai, E4, F4, F4-bs, F4-bg, F4-fm, F4-r, F4-mai, M4, Pi4-bs, Pi4-fm, Pi4-bem, Pi4-bam, R4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


The aim of the course is to present basic optimization theory, and to give an overview of the most important methods and their practical use.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


Quadratic forms and matrix factorisation. Convexity. Separating planes and Farkas' Lemma. The theory of optimization with and without constraints: Lagrange functions, Karush-Kuhn-Tucker theory. Duality. Methods for optimization without constraints: line search, steepest descent, Newton methods, conjugate directions, non-linear least squares optimization. The Nelder-Mead search algorithm without derivatives. Methods for optimization with constraints: linear optimization, quadratic programming, penalty and barrier methods.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written test comprising theory and problems. Two computer exercises and one project. The final grade is the grade obtained in the written exam.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0121. Name: Optimization.
Credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written test comprising theory and problem solving.
Code: 0221. Name: Computer Programming.
Credits: 1,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: The student should write a computer program which solves one of given set of optimization problems, and write a report in which the results are presented and evaluated.
Code: 0321. Name: Computer Exercises.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG.


Assumed prior knowledge: Basic university studies in calculus and linear algebra, including basic theory of quadratic forms.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FMA051, MATC51, FMAN60, MATC61

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Studierektor Anders Holst,
Course administrator: Studerandeexpeditionen,
Teacher: Stefan Diehl,
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