MATH 135 - Spring 2020
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: 10:00-11:30am, T: 9:45-11:15am, W: 2:45-3:45pm, Th: 4:00-5:00pm, and by appointment
Class Schedule: held TTh 2:00-3:30pm in Eaton 110
Course Syllabus
Proof Writing and Presentation Tips
Individual Assignments Policy
Course Grade Scale

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WEEK 9: March 23 - March 27

During Spring Break I will be working to determine how best to organize our class for remote learning. I encourage you to read your emails closely, and to contact me with any questions, concerns or suggestions you have. If you have issues with internet accessibility, please let me know what those are. While this will not be ideal, we will work together to make the best learning experience we can.

Look for an email from me no later than Monday, March 23rd detailing our strategy for proceeding. At this point, you should plan to be available for class at the usual time on Tuesday, March 24th (2:00pm EST), perhaps via Zoom, but again, I will determine that in the next week.

I may contact you via email in the middle of spring break to ask questions about some options and will appreciate responses as soon as it is possible for you to give them. While it will be helpful for all of us to stay on track with material and assignments, we will need to be a bit more flexible with some deadlines. Be in contact with me about your needs as the semester progresses.

For this next week, you do not need to work on material for this course (although it may be fun and a good distraction for you!); concentrate more on planning for how we will work for the rest of the semester and more importantly on your health (physical and emotional) and your family. Again, I encourage you to come to me with any questions, concerns or suggestions you have. Thank you for your patience with me as I learn new tools like Canvas and Zoom. Also thank you for being a great class; that gives me hope that we can still have a good rest of the semester in whatever form(s) it takes!


WEEK 8: March 9 - March 13

Quiz 6 will take place on Tuesday at the beginning of class. It will cover Journal assignments due Thursday, March 5th and Tuesday, March 10th.

Journal Homework for class Tuesday, March 10:

On Wednesday, March 11th at 5:00pm in Napier 201, there will be a colloquium given by Catalina Garcia Tomas, Kaitlyn Geraghty, Connor Parrow, and Yifei Tao about their trip to the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics. Refreshments will be served at 4:45pm. I hope you can make it!

Journal Homework for class Thursday, March 12:

Collected Homework (Due Friday, March 13 at 3:00pm):


WEEK 7: March 2 - March 6

Quiz 5 will take place on Tuesday at the beginning of class. It will cover Journal assignments due Thursday, February 20th, Thursday, February 27th and Tuesday, March 2nd.

Journal Homework for class Tuesday, March 3:

Journal Homework for class Thursday, March 5:

On Wednesday, March 11th at 5:00pm in Napier 201, there will be a colloquium given by Catalina Garcia Tomas, Kaitlyn Geraghty, Connor Parrow, and Yifei Tao about their trip to the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics. Refreshments will be served at 4:45pm. I hope you can make it!

Collected Homework (Due Friday, March 6 at 3:00pm):


WEEK 6: February 24 - February 28

Review Session: Monday, February 24th 4:30-5:30pm! The review session will be held in Lansing 301, the seminar room on the third floor of Lansing.

Journal Homework for class Tuesday, February 25:

Note that there will be shorter collected assignment due Friday that will be posted on Tuesday.

Journal Homework for class Thursday, February 27:

On Thursday, February 27th at 4:30pm in Napier 201, there will be a colloquium given by William Smith alum Avery Wickersham '19. She will be telling us about her experience studying abroad in the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education program. Refreshments will be served at 4:15pm. I hope you can make it!

Because of the colloquium, my office hours on Thursday will be as soon as I get back to my office (likely before the usual 3:45pm start time) from our class until about 4:20pm. If you cannot make that time and have questions, please be sure to contact me to make alternate arrangements.

Collected Homework (Due Friday, February 28 at 3:00pm):


WEEK 5: February 17 - February 21

Quiz 4 will take place on Tuesday at the beginning of class. It will cover Journal assignments due Thursday, February 13th and Tuesday, February 18th.

Remember our first exam is Tuesday, February 25, in class. Work on making yourself a review sheet that you can compare with the one I give you at the end of this week. Think about whether you would like a review session on Sunday, February 23rd or Monday, February 24th.

Journal Homework for class Tuesday, February 18:

Journal Homework for class Thursday, February 20:

Collected Homework (Due Friday, February 21 at 3:00pm):


WEEK 4: February 10 - February 14

Quiz 3 will take place on Tuesday at the beginning of class. It will cover Journal assignments due Thursday, February 6th and Tuesday, February 11th.

Journal Homework for class Tuesday, February 11:

The results of our survey are in! Our midterms will take place during regular class time on the dates listed in the syllabus. There will be optional review sessions scheduled the Sunday or Monday before each exam. The syllabus on this website (link above) has been updated to reflect this.

Journal Homework for class Thursday, February 13:

Collected Homework (Due Friday, February 14 (Happy Valentine's Day!) at 3:00pm):


WEEK 3: February 3 - February 7

Due to needing to visit another professor's class, I need to adjust my Monday office hours. They will be 9:30am-10:45am this Monday, February 3rd. If you have a question and cannot make this time, please email me.

Quiz 2 will take place on Tuesday at the beginning of class. It will cover Journal assignments due Thursday, January 30th and Tuesday, February 4th.

Journal Homework for class Tuesday, February 4:

Journal Homework for class Thursday, February 6:

Collected Homework (Due Friday, February 7 at 3:00pm):


WEEK 2: January 27 - January 31

Quiz 1 will take place on Tuesday at the beginning of class. It will cover Journal assignments due Thursday, January 23rd and Tuesday, January 28th.

Journal Homework for class Tuesday, January 28:

LaTeX Homework due Tuesday, January 28 by 5:00pm:

Create a reproduction of the handout I gave you in class on Thursday with Overleaf. Email me your LaTeX file containing your work. This assignment is out of ten points and contributes to your overall homework grade.

Journal Homework for class Thursday, January 30:

Collected Homework (Due Friday, January 31 at 3:00pm):


WEEK 1: January 20 - January 24

Welcome to First Steps into Advanced Mathematics!!!

Collected Homework (Due Wednesday, January 22 by 4:00pm):

Journal Homework for class Thursday, January 23:

Collected Homework (Due Friday, January 24 at 3:00pm):



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Erika L.C. King