Standard Optimization Problems

  • John L. Troutman
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics book series (UTM)


“Which method is best?” is a question of perennial validity, and through the centuries we have required for it answers of increasing sophistication. When “best” can be assessed numerically, then this assessment may be regarded as a real valued function of the method under consideration which is to be optimized—either maximized or minimized. We are interested not only in the optimum values which can be achieved, but also in the method (or methods) which can produce these values.


Isoperimetric Inequality Soap Film Isoperimetric Problem Brachistochrone Problem Geodesic Problem 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • John L. Troutman
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsSyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA

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