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Operations Management (33:623:386)

Spring 2010, Professor Eckstein

Assignment 2

**Due:** Thursday, February 4
Solve each of the following problems by the graphical/algebra method covered
in class 3 (January 26th). Show all your work.

Each problem is identical to the corresponding problem on homework 1; the
difference is that this time you should just solve the problem by hand using the
graphical method, rather than on the computer. Solutions to the algebra
portion of homework 1 will be posted on Sakai by the afternoon of Monday,
February 1, so you can be sure you are solving the correct formulation.
Full solutions to homework 1 will be posted after homework 2 is collected.

**Q1.** (30 points) You operate a small brewery that makes beer and
ale. Making a barrel of beer requires 3 pounds of corn, 5 pounds of wheat,
and 2 pounds of hops, while making a barrel of ale requires 4 pounds of corn, 3
pounds of wheat, and 3 pounds hops. Your profit from making beer is
$3/barrel, and your profit from making ale is $2/barrel. If you have 60
pounds of corn, 45 pounds of wheat, and 36 pounds of hops available, how much
beer and ale should you make to obtain the highest possible profit?

**Q2.** (30 points) Problem 3 on page 20 of the course
pack (the farmer with 45 acres). Remember that the farmer may plant at
most 45 total acres (assume that she do not have to plant the entire 45 acres,
but can leave some land unplanted if she chooses).

**Q3. **(40 points) Your firm has a machine that takes
large sheets of cardboard and makes them into boxes used by your shipping
department. The machine is set up to cut the sheets using two possible
patterns. When you use pattern 1, each cardboard sheet becomes 4 small
boxes, 2 medium boxes, and 1 large box. When you use pattern 2, each
cardboard sheet becomes 2 small boxes, 3 medium boxes, and 2 large boxes.
This week, the shipping department needs at least 72 small boxes, at least 52
medium boxes, and at least 25 large boxes. Each time you use pattern 1,
the net cost is $4.00, and each time you use pattern 2, the net cost is $3.00.
How can you supply the shipping department's needs at the smallest possible
total net cost? (Note: this problem's feasible region looks
very different from the other problems', and remember we are minimizing rather
than maximizing.)