Month January, 2012 – View all
Monte Carlo Pi
Today we’re gonna calculate pi. You might say, it doesn’t seem too interesting; it’s an old hat. You may be true, but we’re going to calculate pi using a method, other than approximating a circle with a polygon. So here’s what we do:
- We draw the unit circle on our cartesian coordinate system.
- We randomly drop points on the square, which contains our unit circle.
The probability of the point dropping on the circle is