# What is the difference between the study of evolutionary algorithms and optimization?

I have a course named "Evolutionary Algorithms", but our teacher is always mentioning the word "optimization" in his lectures.

I am confused. Is he actually teaching optimization? If yes, why is the name of the course not "Optimization"?

What is the difference between the study of evolutionary algorithms and optimization?

1. Optimization objective: $$\min_{x \in \mathbb{R}} f(x)$$
2. List of constraints: $$\text{s.t. } x > 0$$; $$\text{s.t. } x^2 < 100$$, ...