What is Scheduling: Definition and 28 Discussions

A schedule or a timetable, as a basic time-management tool, consists of a list of times at which possible tasks, events, or actions are intended to take place, or of a sequence of events in the chronological order in which such things are intended to take place. The process of creating a schedule — deciding how to order these tasks and how to commit resources between the variety of possible tasks — is called scheduling, and a person responsible for making a particular schedule may be called a scheduler. Making and following schedules is an ancient human activity.Some scenarios associate "this kind of planning" with learning "life skills".
Schedules are necessary, or at least useful, in situations where individuals need to know what time they must be at a specific location to receive a specific service, and where people need to accomplish a set of goals within a set time period.
Schedules can usefully span both short periods, such as a daily or weekly schedule, and long-term planning with respect to periods of several months or years. They are often made using a calendar, where the person making the schedule can note the dates and times at which various events are planned to occur. Schedules that do not set forth specific times for events to occur may instead list algorithmically an expected order in which events either can or must take place.
In some situations, schedules can be uncertain, such as where the conduct of daily life relies on environmental factors outside human control. People who are vacationing or otherwise seeking to reduce stress and achieve relaxation may intentionally avoid having a schedule for a certain period of time.

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  1. XcgsdV

    Courses How much Chemistry should I take to prepare for Biophysics PhD?

    Hey y'all! I'm about to enter my second year of undergrad as a double major in Physics and Vocal Music. I am still exploring a lot of what physics has to offer, but I'm very intrigued by biophysics. I recently found a paper on the mechanics behind cell differentiation during embryonic...
  2. nomadreid

    Strategy for scheduling with preference constraints

    A computer program that was supposed to handle this was bought and tried, and it made a mess of it, so the idea is that perhaps it would be easier to give a strategy to someone (computer savvy, but an amateur, not a professional ) to program (not requiring too much power of the computer on which...
  3. M

    MHB Optimal time for scheduling the tasks

    Hey! 😊 We have the following tasks with the respective times of execution: \begin{equation*}\begin{matrix}T_1/5 & T_2/4 & T_3/8 & T_4/3 & T_5/4 & T_6/6 & T_7/8 & T_8/3 & T_9/5 & T_{10}/3\end{matrix}\end{equation*} The tasks $T_3,T_4$ have as prerequisite the task $T_2$, the tasks $T_5, T_6...
  4. mechlite

    A Solving Queueing Problem: Population to Queue to Server

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  5. Dr Transport

    Looking for a new calendar/planner for next year

    Here we are, the end of the year and it is time to think about how I will track my commitments/time/to-do lists for next year. For about the past decade plus I have been a Molskine (http://www.moleskinerie.com/), either daily or weekly planner. I am considering a Hobonichi Techo Planner...
  6. S

    MHB Tournament Scheduling: Combinatorics Ideas

    Hi! Do you have any idea(s) on how to make a tournament scheduling by combinatorics? or any kind of scheduling with the use of combinatorics?
  7. L

    Solving a Scheduling Problem with Diophantine Equations

    Hi everyone, a problem that seems mathematical in nature came to my mind at work a few days ago, and I wonder if anyone can help me with it. Basically, we are given a schedule of when certain biological assays take place, e.g. assay A will take place each even week of the year starting on week...
  8. A

    Help with ECE scheduling please

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  9. T

    Scheduling: Abstract algebra, numerical analysis, Probability, or?

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  10. G

    Dinner Club Scheduling Challenge

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  11. D

    Need Help Coping with Scheduling Conflicts

    Just to start off, I'm kind of in a hurry while writing this, but hopefully it will all make sense and if not I should be able to clear up any misunderstandings a little later. I'm a sophomore majoring in applied physics. I haven't been able to start the general physics (calculus based) until...
  12. M

    Subjects in addition to Physics requirements; scheduling.

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  13. Totalderiv

    Programs What Classes Should a Freshman Math Major at UB Take?

    Hey I'm currently headed off to University at Buffalo this fall for math and I'm stuck on scheduling. So far I know I'm talking Calculus II, but I'm not sure what else to take. What classes should I take as a freshman math major?
  14. C

    Exploring My Math Minor Options: A Summer Scheduling Dilemma

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  15. L

    Scheduling for First Semester at New School

    I am transferring to a new school and also transitioning from taking a more part-time class load to a full-time and want to maintain a reasonable course load. I will be taking Modern Physics Math Methods of Physics Sophomore Lab What I want to know is whether or not I should take Linear...
  16. J

    Courses Scheduling and Pre-Requisites, Advice on what courses to take please.

    So I am a freshman that is done his first year, I took the Cal 1 and 2 sequence along with the calculus based physics course at my university. I only earned a C in calculus 2 but I do not think it will be a problem as I am quite sure I will be able to get the necessary waivers signed.As the...
  17. M

    Courses Nervous About Scheduling Courses for the Next Two Years

    Edit:Damnit, forgot to finish the title. Sorry! "Nervous about scheduling courses for next two years" I met with my faculty mentor today and I'd like some quick advice about classes for next semester. I'm a semester behind in physics (but all my general education requirements are done, just...
  18. thrill3rnit3

    Scheduling two different things to learn

    I'm planning to learn two different things for this month. Due to time constraints and other factors, however, I am only able to read on one of them each day. My question then is that would it be better if I learned the 1st material first for half the month, and then go on to the other one...
  19. S

    Scheduling Dilemma: Balancing Physics & Writing in College

    So I scheduled classes for my first year of college which begins this fall last week but found myself with a little problem. Each freshman has to take a "frontiers" course, a seminar type course designed for freshman. The one I had selected was about screenwriting, the problem being it's...
  20. Z

    Which AP Schedule Is Best for an Aspiring Engineer?

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  21. F

    Exploring Physics and Scheduling Calculus Courses

    Hello physics forum! First let me say this site is excellent for insight into this wonderful subject! I've learned a tremendous amount just by surfing the forums in the short period of time that I've been here. Now for my reason in posting... I am currently a senior in high school preparing...
  22. P

    Dual-mode exit area scheduling?

    dual-mode exit area scheduling? what is dual-mode exit area scheduling?
  23. K

    Programs Question about PhD Physics Scheduling

    It'll be my first real semester this fall for my PhD. I had a bunch of questions about scheduling, but I think I found a way to answer them all by asking a fairly simple question. For those of you who have recently graduated (last 10-20 years), how many required quantum courses did you take...
  24. W

    Probability related to an Appointment Scheduling Simulation

    I am trying to simulate the performance of a web booking/scheduling system and although there are many features of this problem that intrigue me the one currently giving me fits is demonstrated below. Assume that a dentist has 8 appointments per day and that each appointment time is equally...
  25. V

    University of Florida Student: Should I Take Modern Physics?

    I am starting my junior year at a big school (University of Florida) and I just transferred in from a local community college. I am an EE major and I want to have a physics minor. My advisor told me that I should probably wait before taking Modern Physics (Phy III). My classes look like this...
  26. J

    Solving Scheduling Problem - Probability & Statistics Forum

    I posted this in the probability and statistics forum, but I didn't get a nibble. Anyone here care to make a suggestion? The probability that project a will be complete at time t after it begins is given as: \[ p_a(t) = \left\{ \begin{array}{ll} 0 & \mbox{if t \leq t_1$}...
  27. J

    Solving Scheduling Problem: Probability of Completing Projects A and B at Time t

    The probability that project a will be complete at time t after it begins is given as: \[ p_a(t) = \left\{ \begin{array}{ll} 0 & \mbox{if t \leq t_1$} \\ \frac {(t - t_1)}{t_2-t_1} & \mbox{if t_1 \leq t \leq t_2$} \\ 1 & \mbox{if t_2 \leq...
  28. D

    Automate Computer Startup to Scheduling Your PC's On Time

    Is there a way to set my computer auto switch on at certain time?