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82 SMT007 MAGAZINE I JULY 2022 Editor's note: Indium Corporation's Ron Lasky continues this series of columns about Maggie Benson, a fictional character, to demonstrate continuous improvement and education in SMT assembly. Andy and Sue work at Maggie's com- pany, Ivy Benson Electronics. Andy Connors and Sue March were heading to their favorite pizza parlor before pre-calcu- lus, their first class at Valley Tech. "I really enjoyed dinner at your house on Sunday," Andy said. "Your parents were so wel- coming to me. I'm touched." "Well, I've never had a boyfriend until now and they're happy for me," Sue replied. "I, I, I'm your boyfriend?" Andy stuttered. "Unless, you don't want to be," Sue responded. Breaking Down the Math Andy knew instinctively that maybe words were not needed. He stood up, went to Sue, pulled her up, and gave her a long hug. An observant customer might have noticed a tear forming in his eye. "Okay, Romeo, let's discuss what we expect in tonight's class," Sue teased. "Well, the syllabus says we will review algebra and exponents. I'm comfortable with algebra, but not so much with exponents," Andy said with a sigh. "Let's try one," Sue suggested. "If X 3 + X 5 = 64, what is X?" "Well," Andy said, "as you taught me a few days ago, the exponents are added, so it is X 8 = 64. So, what times itself 8 times equals 64? Is it 2?" He knew he was right. Aer a few more examples, which Andy got right, they le for class. Maggie Benson's Journey by Dr. Ronald C. Lasky, INDIUM CORPORATION

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