Buffon's Needle

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Find the needle on a lined paper. Pupils run a simulation of dropping a needle on a lined paper. The probability of the needle crossing at least one line is pi/2. After each trial, the interactive displays the approximation of pi based on the experimental probability of the needle's placement.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Lead a discussion on whether the theoretical and the experimental probabilities will ever be the same
Classroom Considerations

  • The class should understand basic probability
  • Individuals should know the value of pi
Pros

  • The handout provides guidance on how to run the simulation
  • Provides suggestions to the teacher of how to use the applet
Cons

  • None