Slope-intercept form is written in a very mathy way: y = mx + b. Let's turn this into plain English.
In English, we often drop the subject of a phrase, such as in these signs: Who are these signs written for? It's really *You, stop* or *You, yield* or *You, be alert for bears* (I'm not doing it). After internalizing a language, we can take hints without explicit instructions. But, to put it politely, math isn't usually well-internalized. Let's get clear about who the "math signs" are referring to.
What’s the essential skill of a cartoonist? Drawing ability? Humor? A deep well of childhood trauma? I’d say it’s an eye for simplification, capturing the essence of an idea.
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