Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory Office of Science NEWTON's Homepage NEWTON's Homepage
NEWTON, Ask A Scientist!
NEWTON Home Page NEWTON Teachers Visit Our Archives Ask A Question How To Ask A Question Question of the Week Our Expert Scientists Volunteer at NEWTON! Frequently Asked Questions Referencing NEWTON About NEWTON About Ask A Scientist Education At Argonne Uses of linear programming
Name: nick j wilwert
Status: N/A
Age: N/A
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: Around 1995

Could you list some ways in which linear programming is used in real life?

There is a journal called "The Journal of Operations Research" that contains articles by people who apply linear programming to everyday problems. One of the classic applications is by railroads that own freight cars that have to be sent to all parts of the country. At any given moment, where are the best places to put all the railroad cars so that the custo- mer's needs can be met in the shortest time and with the least expense.


And of course in general in economics, linear programming tells you what arrangement of activities will maximize your profits (or whatever you are trying to maximize). Of course things are seldom linear in real life, so extensions of linear programming techniques, rather than linear programming itself, is probably more important these days.


Click here to return to the Mathematics Archives

NEWTON is an electronic community for Science, Math, and Computer Science K-12 Educators, sponsored and operated by Argonne National Laboratory's Educational Programs, Andrew Skipor, Ph.D., Head of Educational Programs.

For assistance with NEWTON contact a System Operator (, or at Argonne's Educational Programs

Educational Programs
Building 360
9700 S. Cass Ave.
Argonne, Illinois
60439-4845, USA
Update: June 2012
Weclome To Newton

Argonne National Laboratory