"Pi Approximation on a Grid" : image by Jose Kevo
You probably won't be surprised to learn that the answer is, "Yes, the Buffon Needle Drop experiment does indeed support calculating an approximation of pi".

Now you just need to read "The Buffon Needle Drop: a Math Activity for Pi Day" in Decoded Science to learn the background, the materials and how to run the experiment.

You will also learn the answer to "What is Pi Day"?

My DeHaan Services article, "One Pi Day Math Activity is the Buffon Needle Drop", adds some advice for math teachers and particularly for math tutors to set up the Buffon experiment.

The Second Pi Day Article is Circular

On Feb. 24, Decoded Science published the second of the three articles on this "Pi Day" theme.

"One Circular Math Activity for Pi Day" involves measuring accurately, rather than calculating statistical results. It's publicized separately by "Second Math Activity for Pi Day 2013" in DeHaan Services.

The Third and Final Pi Day 2013 Article

My set of articles for the 2013 Pi Day was completed by "Roll Out the Simplest Mathematics Activity for Pi Day" on Feb. 25.

One Triple Writing Tip for Pi Day

The one writing tip that I have from writing about Pi Day is that there is a wealth of material on the subject.

Two more articles are waiting in the Decoded Science wings.

This does remind me of several previous tips: if you find a topic with a lot of depth, jump in and cover it with several articles.

Even these three Pi Day articles leave a lot of room for more sub-topics and various angles for articles. When you find an interesting topic with lots of possibilities, just go for them!

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