Domino (also dominoes or dominoes) is a game in which players place pieces of a rectangular block on end in long lines. When a piece is tipped, it causes the next piece in line to tip over and so on until all the dominoes are knocked down. Dominos can be stacked in very complex arrangements to form intricate and beautiful designs. In addition to being fun for children, they can also be used to teach basic physics concepts like gravity and force.
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Hevesh’s designs involve many dominoes, sometimes hundreds of thousands in a single setup. They can take several nail-biting minutes to fall, but once the dominoes are in place, Hevesh relies on a simple physical phenomenon to keep the entire system upright: gravity. A domino’s weight causes it to fall toward the ground, which in turn pulls on the next domino and causes it to fall. Hevesh has even helped set the world record for most dominoes toppled in a circular arrangement: 76,017 dominoes.
When Hevesh starts a new project, she first considers the theme or purpose of the display. Then she brainstorms images or words that might be appropriate. After that, she draws a sketch of the layout on a piece of paper. This helps her plan out how she wants the dominoes to fall. It also allows her to calculate how many dominoes she needs to create the design.
She can plan out straight lines, curved lines, grids that form pictures when they fall, stacked walls, and 3D structures like towers or pyramids. She can also use the paper to draw arrows that show the direction in which the dominoes are supposed to fall. She can also use the arrows to indicate how much energy each domino should have to convert from potential to kinetic energy, which is needed to push on the next domino.
Most dominoes are made of wood, but they can also be made from ivory, silver lip ocean oyster shell (mother-of-pearl), bone, or a dark hardwood such as ebony. The identifying mark on each piece is an arrangement of spots that resembles those on a die, although some ends have no spots at all. A traditional double-six domino set has 28 unique pieces.
Aside from blocking and scoring games, dominoes can be used to play positional games in which a player places a domino edge to edge against another domino with one or more matched pips. The player wins by playing all of their matching dominoes before the opponent can do so. A scoring version of this game is popular in British pubs and clubs, where the objective is to connect two matching dominoes by one end so that the sum of their pips equals five or three points.