Tool:
Buffon Needle 
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http://mste.illinois.edu/users/reese/buffon/buffon.html
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Description: 
Simulates dropping needles on a lined sheet of paper and determining the probability of the needles crossing one of the lines on the page. The result is that the probability is directly related to the value of pi. 
Technology Type: 
Java Applet  
Author: 
George Reese 
Language: 
English  
Cost: 
Does not require payment for use 

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Lesson Plan: 
Buffon's Needle: An Analysis and Simulation 
Tool: 
Buffon's Needle Experiment 
Courses: 
Geometry 
Geometric probability 
 Probability & Statistics 
Geometric Distributions 

Teacher Review (Based on classroom experience)
Reviewer: Craig, Aug 3 2004 12:17:56:163AM 
What did students learn? Application of Central Limit Theorem; value of simulation. 
Recommended for: Probability & Statistics: Samples and Experiments, Probability 
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