Dominoes are a popular game that’s fun for children of all ages. There are many different ways to play with them, but one of the most common is to line them up in a long row and then knock them down.
A domino set usually contains 28 tiles, or dominoes. They’re also called bones, tickets, tiles, spinners, or stones.
In a basic game, players draw seven dominoes from a stock (also known as a boneyard). If the first domino matches the value of any of the other dominoes in their hand, they play it. If they don’t, they keep drawing until they find a match.
Some games use a variety of dominoes with different values. One such game is five-up, which involves using all 28 dominoes in a set to win.
This game is played in pubs and social clubs by a team of two people. The first player to play a domino with a value that matches the value of another domino wins. If the second player doesn’t have a matching domino, they must choose another from the boneyard to play.
When the first domino falls, it creates a lot of potential energy. Some of that energy is converted to kinetic energy, which provides the push that causes the next domino to fall.
The second force that contributes to the domino effect is friction, which slows down the speed at which a falling domino falls. This is particularly true when dominoes are made of plastic, which can be slippery on a smooth surface.
A third factor contributing to the domino effect is time. The longer it takes for a domino to fall, the more of its potential energy is converted into kinetic energy. This makes the dominoes that follow fall more slowly as well.
It also means that the dominoes that are falling slower don’t have to reach as far before they stop. This gives the first domino more time to fall than the next domino, and it allows the first domino to have a bigger impact on the last domino that follows it.
To create a mind-blowing domino installation, Hevesh follows a version of the engineering-design process, which she calls “Domino Engineer.” After she plans out the theme of an installation, she tests out each section of it in small versions to make sure they work individually. She then films each test in slow motion to make it easier to make adjustments.
When she finishes the installation, Hevesh then adds lines of dominoes that connect all the sections together. This keeps the design from being too complicated and confusing for people to follow.
She also uses a simple rule to help her plan out each part of the installation: The biggest 3-D sections go up first, followed by flat arrangements and then the lines that connect all the parts together.
Try this mental model as you think about the next big project you want to tackle. It will help you avoid the “flash in the pan” syndrome that often derails projects.