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Learning Exercise

Material: A History of Pi
Submitted by: James Rutledge on Oct 08, 2007
Date Last Modified: Oct 08, 2007
Title: History of Pi and Buffon’s Needle
Description: Students are directed to visit the MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive and to read an extensive online article entitled History of Pi; in addition, they make use of an interactive simulation of Buffon's Needle experiment. Afterwards, they answer several questions on how mathematicians calculated approximations for the value of pi and on the formulas that they used. In a subsequent class session, the instructor demonstrates a Java applet that simulates Buffon's Needle experiment in a cumulative manner. In a think-pair-share activity or write-pair-share activity, students analyze and discuss Buffon's experiment and its relationship to the value of pi.
Topics: Pi, Buffon's needle
Course: Liberal Arts Math
Audience: College General Ed, High School
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