(I don't understand how to load up images here, so see attached)

Ignore my poor attempts at Microsoft Paint for a second and presume that the same colors produce congruent pieces.

Problem:

When a student of mine calculated the individual combined pieces they found the area to be 59 sq. units but when they put them together and use the area formula they, they found the area to be 60 sq units and again, when they changed the orientation of the pieces to make another version and used the area formula they found the area to be 58 sq. units. What's going on here?

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(I don't understand how to load up images here, so see attached)

Ignore my poor attempts at Microsoft Paint for a second and presume that the same colors produce congruent pieces.

Problem:

When a student of mine calculated the individual combined pieces they found the area to be 59 sq. units but when they put them together and use the area formula they, they found the area to be 60 sq units and again, when they changed the orientation of the pieces to make another version and used the area formula they found the area to be 58 sq. units. What's going on here?

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