# Mathematical optimization facts for kids

In many branches of science, including mathematics, **mathematical optimization** is a branch that is about finding the element that gives an optimal solution to a problem, given some criteria. In the simplest case, this means that a function needs to be minimized or maximized.

Many problems are more complex, though, and solving them analytically is not feasible: in these cases, numerical methods are often used.

## See also

In Spanish: Optimización (matemática) para niños

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