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Author:Michael J. Hurben
Description: A Java applet that simulates a Monte Carlo method for the estimation of the value of pi, 3.14159265... The user controls the speed of simulating the dropping of up to 100,000 needles or pins on equally spaced parallel lines, while a bar graph displays the value of the subsequent estimate of pi and a plot shows the estimated value versus the log of the number of needles thrown. Hurben also furnishes source code and a hint as to why this Monte Carlo method works.

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Documents/Sketches/Galleries, Web Interactive/Java
Math Topics: Pi, Probability

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