Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Math Club


Thursday, March 5th, 2020

Time:  5:30 - 6:30 p.m Place: Jeffery Hall 118

Speaker:  Anup Dixit (Queen's University)

Title:  Buffon’s needle problem.

Abstract: In 1734, Buffon asked the following question: If a needle is dropped onto a floor made of parallel wooden planks, what is the probability that it will cross one of the cracks between the planks?

In this talk, we will answer Buffon's question and indicate how it can be used to approximate the value of $\pi$. We will also discuss a few variations of this problem.