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Buffon's Needle


Buffon's Needle

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This applet provides a simulation of Buffon's Needle experiement.  A needle of length 1 being dropped at random on a floor covered with boards of width 1. Users can drop 1, 2, 10, or 20 needles.  Blue needles do not cross the crack between two boards; red needles do.  If X represents the ratio of crossings to attempts, then 2/X should approach a familiar number, Pi.
Material Type: Simulation
Technical Format: Other
Date Added to MERLOT: January 02, 2007
Date Modified in MERLOT: October 08, 2007
Submitter: Ginger Rowell


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    Very good quality; in queue to be peer reviewed
    avg: 5 rating
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Primary Audience: College Upper Division, College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: unsure
Accessiblity Information Available: unsure
Creative Commons: unsure


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