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On Laplace's Extension of the Buffon Needle Problem

by Barry J. Arnow (Kean College of New Jersey)

This article originally appeared in:
College Mathematics Journal
January, 1994

Subject classification(s): Statistics and Probability | Probability
Applicable Course(s): 6.1 Probability & Statistics

The classical Buffon needle problem is to find the probability that a needle of length \(n\) when dropped on a floor made of boards of width \(b\) will cross a crack between the boards.

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Capsule Course Topic(s):
Probability | Famous Problems, Buffon's Needle
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