MAT540 Assignment Linear Programming Case Study

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Assignment 1. Linear Programming Case Study

Your instructor will assign a linear programming project for this assignment according to the following specifications.

It will be a problem with at least three (3) constraints and at least two (2) decision variables. The problem will be bounded and feasible. It will also have a single optimum solution (in other words, it won’t have alternate optimal solutions). The problem will also include a component that involves sensitivity analysis and the use of the shadow price.

You will be turning in two (2) deliverables, a short write-up of the project and the spreadsheet showing your work.

Problem-

Acme Baby foods mixes two strengths of apple juice. One quart of Beginner’s juice is made from 30 fluid ounces of water and 2 fluid ounces of apple juice concentrate. One quart of advanced juice is made from 20 fluid ounces of water and 12 fluid ounces of concentrate. Every day Acme has available 30,000 fluid ounces of water and 3,600 fluid ounces of concentrate. Acme makes a profit of 20¢ on each quart of Beginner’s juice and 30¢ on each quart of advanced juice. How many quarts of each should Acme make each day to get the largest profit? How would this change if Acme made a profit of 40¢ on Beginner’s juice and 20¢ on advanced juice?

Write-up

Your write-up should introduce your solution to the project by describing the problem. Correctly identify what type of problem this is. For example, you should note if the problem is a maximization or minimization problem, as well as identify the resources that constrain the solution. Identify each variable and explain the criteria involved in setting up the model. This should be encapsulated in one (1) or two (2) succinct paragraphs.

After the introductory paragraph, write out the L.P. model for the problem. Include the objective function and all constraints, including any non-negativity constraints. Then, you should present the optimal solution, based on your work in Excel. Explain what the results mean.

Finally, write a paragraph addressing the part of the problem pertaining to sensitivity analysis and shadow price.

Excel.

As previously noted, please set up your problem in Excel and find the solution using Solver. Clearly label the cells in your spreadsheet. You will turn in the entire spreadsheet, showing the setup of the model, and the results.

It will be graded on the following:

  • Thoroughly explained what type of problem this is and the approach taken

  • Objective function is specified correctly.

  • All constraints are correctly specified, including nonnegativity constraints, if applicable

  • Specified model is correctly translated to Excel

  • Correct optimum is obtained

  • Thoroughly explained and correctly answered the sensitivity analysis part of the problem

  • Free of errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.


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