How Dominoes Work


A domino is a small rectangular block, about thumb-sized, that features two faces divided by an offset seam that each contain one to six pips or dots similar to those found on dice. A complete set of dominoes contains 28 pieces; their game involves matching ends of dominoes together and arranging them in lines or patterns similar to dice. Other names for individual pieces may include bones, tiles, cards, tickets or spinners. Also included with each domino set are rules for several related games like Bergen and Muggins where players empty out their hands while blocking opponents’ play – complete sets also include rules for several variants such as Bergen and Muggins that involve emptying hands while blocking opponents’ play from taking part.

We’ve all witnessed those beautiful domino setups that start to collapse after just the slightest tip from one piece, thanks to an amazing physical phenomenon called the Domino Effect.

As long as a domino stands upright, it possesses potential energy (stored energy in its position). When falling, however, this potential energy converts to kinetic energy as it hits another domino and sets off an ongoing chain reaction. According to physicist Stephen Morris, when dominoes start falling they convert energy stored as potential into kinetic energy that impacts on other dominoes further downstream causing chain reactions of dominos to fall with it creating chain reactions of dominoes crashing against each other creating chain reactions of dominoes colliding together causing dominoes to collide causing dominoes to collide against them and set off chain reactions among them as they descend physics professor Stephen Morris says “A domino has the potential to do anything you wish it does but once falling begins its energy is converted into kinetic energy as its momentum changes kinetic energy becomes tangible as its journey continues.”

Hevesh has created many breathtaking designs and holds the Guinness World Record for creating the largest single domino installation: 76,017 pieces laid down in a circular pattern. She follows a variation of engineering-design principles when creating new arrangements: she considers its purpose or theme, brainstorms images or words she might want to incorporate, then sketches out a domino layout diagram before beginning to build by placing dominoes where appropriate.

Once the dominoes have been laid out in an arrangement, additional tiles may be added as they become available. Most often a tile must be laid next to an open end domino for easy construction without running out of room; doubles must be placed crosswise across another tile in the chain in such a manner that both long ends straddle it.

Dominoes provide both entertainment and education. A typical Western domino game sees players draw for the lead before playing until either their hands are empty or they cannot make further moves; then the winner is determined by whoever owns dominoes with the lowest total pip count (if available). There are other types of domino games such as blocking and scoring too.

Fiction writers use scene dominoes as points to advance a story’s scenes, using them either to establish events in sequence or character motivation. A great writer knows how to balance high-action scenes with quieter ones of reflection and processing so as not to make their story drag (by too much navel-gazing or too fast of forward momentum) or too fast (without enough emotion and insight into character motivation).