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Sum the areas within the shape to find the area of the entire shape.

x2 + x2 + x + x = ?

2x2 + 2x

Area is the number of square units needed to fill up a region on a flat surface.

No, the area would not change because the tiles are simply rearranged. This rearrangement of the tiles does not affect the area.

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