MATH 135 - Spring 2017
First Steps into Advanced Mathematics

Professor: Erika L.C. King
Email: eking@hws.edu
Office: Lansing 304
Phone: (315) 781-3355
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Office Hours: M: 1:30-3:00pm, T: 1:00-2:30pm, W: 10:30-11:30am, Th: 4:00-5:15pm, and by appointment
Class Schedule: held TTh 10:20-11:45am in Gulick 223
Course Syllabus
Proof Writing and Presentation Tips
Course Grade Scale


READING/EXAM WEEK: May 3 - May 9

One Last Journal Homework to Review Chapter 15:

Review Session: Friday, May 5th from 2:00pm until 3:00pm in Napier 201. Attendance is optional and you are welcome to come for any portion of the review session. Bring lots of questions.

Office Hours:

In-Class Final Exam: The in-class final exam is on Sunday, May 7th from 1:30pm until 4:30pm in Gulick 223. Remember to bring your journals! (Check out this list for a condensed version of what should be in your journal.)

Take-Home Final Exam Due: The take-home final exam is due Sunday, May 7 at 1:30pm, though I am allowing you to have a free extension until 3:00pm on Monday, May 8. You must turn in the take-home final in person. Everyone will need to fill out a partner evaluation after you have completed the take-home final. You may do this in my office any time after you turn in your take-home final, or after you complete the in-class final. This evaluation is a requirement for the course.

Thanks for an great class! Have a great winter break! Keep in touch!


WEEK 15: May 1 - May 2

There will be no quiz this week!

Partners for the Take-Home Portion of the Final Exam (Due MONday, May 1 at 3:00pm):

Note that BOTH GROUPS get to do an extra rewrite for this Tuesday!

Journal Homework for class Tuesday, May 2:

REWRITES (Due TUESday, May 2 at 2:30pm):


WEEK 14: April 24 - April 28

Quiz 11 will take place on Tuesday at the beginning of class. It will cover Journal assignments due Thursday, April 20th and Tuesday, April 25th. Please let me know if you have any questions with your journal assignments and come prepared!

Journal Homework for class Tuesday, April 25:

Journal Homework for class Thursday, April 27:

Collected Homework (Due Friday, April 28 at 2:00pm):

REWRITES (Due Friday, April 28 at 2:00pm):


WEEK 13: April 17 - April 21

Quiz 10 will take place on Tuesday at the beginning of class. It will cover Journal assignments due Thursday, April 13th and Tuesday, April 18th. Please let me know if you have any questions with your journal assignments and come prepared!

Journal Homework for class Tuesday, April 18:

Journal Homework for class Thursday, April 20:

Collected Homework (Due Friday, April 21 at 2:00pm):

REWRITES (Due Friday, April 21 at 2:00pm):


WEEK 12: April 10 - April 14

Remember our first exam is Tuesday, April 11, 7:15PM-9:15PM in Napier 101. Remember to bring your journal to be turned in at the beginning of the exam!

Since we have an exam this week, we will have no quiz on Tuesday!

Journal Homework for class Tuesday, April 11:

Journal Homework for class Thursday, April 13:

Collected Homework (Due Friday, April 14 at 2:00pm):

REWRITES (Due Friday, April 14 at 2:00pm):


WEEK 11: April 3 - April 7

Quiz 9 will take place on Tuesday at the beginning of class. It will cover Journal assignments due Thursday, March 30th and Tuesday, April 4th. Please let me know if you have any questions with your journal assignments and come prepared!

Journal Homework for class Tuesday, April 4:

Journal Homework for class Thursday, April 6:

Collected Homework (Due Friday, April 7 at 2:00pm):

REWRITES (Due Friday, April 7 at 2:00pm):


WEEK 10: March 27 - March 31

Quiz 8 will take place on Tuesday at the beginning of class. It will cover Journal assignments due Thursday, March 23rd and Tuesday, March 28th. Please let me know if you have any questions with your journal assignments and come prepared!

Journal Homework for class Tuesday, March 28:

Journal Homework for class Thursday, March 30:

Collected Homework (Due Friday, March 31 at 2:00pm):

REWRITES (Due Friday, March 31 at 2:00pm):


WEEK 9: March 20 - March 24

Have a great spring break!!!

Quiz 7 will take place on Tuesday at the beginning of class. It will cover Journal assignments due Thursday, March 9nd and Tuesday, March 21st.

Journal Homework for class Tuesday, March 21:

EXAM BONUS (Due Tuesday, March 21 at 2:30pm):

Journal Homework for class Thursday, March 23:

Collected Homework (Due Friday, March 24 at 2:00pm):

REWRITES (Due Friday, March 24 at 2:00pm):


WEEK 8: March 6 - March 10

Quiz 6 will take place on Tuesday at the beginning of class. It will cover Journal assignments due Thursday, March 2nd and Tuesday, March 7th.

Journal Homework for class Tuesday, March 7:

On Thursday, March 9th at 4:45pm in Napier 201, there will be a colloquium given by Yu Cai, Taylor Mancini and Zhaoyi Ren, about their trip to the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics. Refreshments will be served at 4:30pm. I hope you can make it!

Due to the colloquium on Thursday, March 9, my office hours will be moved to 3:30-4:30 on Thursday of this week!

Journal Homework for class Thursday, March 9:

Collected Homework (Due Friday, March 10 at 2:00pm):

REWRITES (Due Friday, March 10 at 2:00pm):


WEEK 7: February 27 - March 3

Quiz 5 will take place on Tuesday at the beginning of class. It will cover Journal assignments due Thursday, February 23rd and Tuesday, February 28th.

Journal Homework for class Tuesday, February 28:

Journal Homework for class Thursday, March 2:

Collected Homework (Due Friday, March 3 at 2:00pm):

REWRITES (Due Friday, March 3 at 2:00pm):


WEEK 6: February 20 - February 24

Remember our first exam is Tuesday, February 21, 7:15PM-9:15PM in Napier 101. Remember to bring your journal to be turned in at the beginning of the exam!

Since we have an exam this week, we will have no quiz on Tuesday!

Journal Homework for class Tuesday, February 21:

Check out this list for a condensed version of what should be in your journal. If you find something missing (i.e. it is on the website, but did not make it on the list), inform me immediately; your classmates will thank you.

On Thursday, February 23rd at 4:45pm in Napier 201, there will be a colloquium given by Mark Curiel, Hobart class of 2017, mathematics and music major, and Jacque Kane, William Smith class of 2018, mathematics and computer science major, about their work researching graph theory with me last summer. Refreshments will be served at 4:30pm. I hope you can make it!

Due to the colloquium on Thursday, February 23, my office hours will be moved to 3:30-4:30 on Thursday of this week!

Journal Homework for class Thursday, February 23:

Collected Homework (Due Friday, February 24 at 2:00pm):

REWRITES (Due Friday, February 24 at 2:00pm):


WEEK 5: February 13 - February 17

I need to visit another faculty member's class on Monday during my normal office hours. Thus my office hours Monday will be 3:00-4:00pm. If you would like to see me and cannot make that time, please make an appointment.

Quiz 4 will take place on Tuesday at the beginning of class. It will cover Journal assignments due Thursday, February 9th and Tuesday, February 14th.

Journal Homework for class Tuesday, February 14:

Journal Homework for class Thursday, February 16:

Collected Homework (Due Friday, February 17 at 2:00pm):

REWRITES (Due Friday, February 17 at 2:00pm):


WEEK 4: February 6 - February 10

Quiz 3 will take place on Tuesday at the beginning of class. It will cover Journal assignments due Thursday, February 2nd and Tuesday, February 7th.

Journal Homework for class Tuesday, February 7:

Due to a doctor's appointment, my office hours on Tuesday, February 7th will be moved. They will be Noon-1:15. If you would like to see me and cannot make that time, please make an appointment.

Journal Homework for class Thursday, February 9:

Collected Homework (Due Friday, February 10 at 2:00pm):

REWRITES (Due Friday, February 10 at 2:00pm):


WEEK 3: January 30 - February 3

Quiz 2 will take place on Tuesday at the beginning of class. It will cover Journal assignments due Thursday, January 26th and Tuesday, January 31st.

If you haven't had your individual appointment with me, be sure to make it ASAP. Also, if you forgot to bring me your picture at your appointment, be sure to bring it to class or office hours to increase your grade on the First Collected Homework.

Journal Homework for class Tuesday, January 31:

Last chance to bring me your picture if you forgot to bring it to your appointment! Be sure to bring it to class or office hours to increase your grade on the First Collected Homework!

Journal Homework for class Thursday, February 2:

Collected Homework (Due Friday, February 3 at 2:00pm):


WEEK 2: January 23-27

Quiz 1 will take place on Tuesday at the beginning of class. It will cover Journal assignments due Thursday, January 19th and Tuesday, January 24th.

Journal Homework for class Tuesday, January 24:

Journal Homework for class Thursday, January 26:

Collected Homework (Due Friday, January 27 at 2:00pm):


WEEK 1: January 17-20

Welcome to First Steps into Advanced Mathematics!!!

Collected Homework (Due Wednesday, January 18 by 4:00pm):

Journal Homework for class Thursday, January 19:

Collected Homework (Due Friday, January 20 at 2:00pm):



Hobart and William Smith Colleges: Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Erika L.C. King