How I approached the problem.
I approached the problem by splitting the area into little polygons. And calculated the base and the height and multiplied it by 15. Then multiplied the base times the height for every shape and took the total of each shape and added them all together. Remembering that the formula for a rectangle is different from a triangle's formula. Also showing my work on a separate sheet of paper.
The total of the entire oil spill.
The grand total of the entire oil spill is 28001.52 cm squared (not rounded up)
#1 Taking a second look at your map do you think that your area is the exact measure of the space affected by the spill?
No because we are not actually measuring the spill in person instead we are measuring this on the map. Also because there could be a section in the math work that is wrong then it could all be wrong because of that one little mistake.
#2 How accurate do you think your polygons compare to the actual spill area? Do you expect your answer to be more or less than the actual spill area?
Accurate because we are just taking the spill and cutting it into smaller polygons and measuring that area and adding it all up it is the same thing as measuring all of it at the same time. I expect my answer to be less than the spill because the lines of the polygons that I split the large shape into were not all perfectly straight or all the shapes did not go to a perfect point.