• William R. SpillersEmail author
  • Keith M. MacBain

This chapter introduces the reader to various problems that are typical of the field of optimization. It begins with a discussion of structural optimization described formally as a mathematical programming problem. This is followed by a series of typical optimization problems and an introduction to some of the tools available to deal with them including Lagrange multipliers and linear programming.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. Civil and Environmental EngineeringNew Jersey Institute of Technology, University HeightsNewarkUSA
  2. 2.Geiger Engineers, P.C. NY OfficeSuffernUSA

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