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Lesson Plan: Buffon's Needle: An Analysis and Simulation
Go to: http://www.mste.uiuc.edu/reese/buffon/buffon.html (opens a new window)
Description: Buffon's Needle is one of the oldest problems in the field of geometrical probability. It was first stated in 1777. It involves dropping a needle on a lined sheet of paper and determining the probability of the needle crossing one of the lines on the page. The remarkable result is that the probability is directly related to the value of pi. These pages present resources to use to explore the problem.
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Author: George Reese
Language: English 
Cost: Does not require payment for use

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Tool: Buffon Needle
Courses: Geometry Geometric probability
Probability & Statistics Geometric Distributions