Dominoes are small rectangular tiles with lines running down their middles and numbers on both ends; most popular domino sets contain 28 tiles for maximum fun! Dominoes can be used both as games and puzzles but also to practice addition and subtraction skills.
The word “domino” originates in Latin as dominus (meaning master of the house). Later it was transformed to English as dominie before eventually taking its current form.
In a game of dominoes, each player draws and arranges their tiles on the table in such a manner that they touch other tiles in a line – the first player to do this wins the game! There are numerous variations of dominoes games; each has its own set of rules – some require blocking while others provide points based on total exposed ends of adjacent tiles.
Usually, only dominoes with numbers on them can be connected together. Each side contains its own number that represents its value: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6. However, some games allow for doubles and triplets – dominoes with two pips at each end – which can either be used together to form larger numbers like 12, or be placed at right angles to one another while still remaining connected.
“Scorch,” for instance, requires players to score points by strategically placing dominoes on top of one another until all have been played – typically done so by matching their exposed ends in some way – for instance two ones touching or three matching.
Stephen Morris of University of Toronto physicist has successfully demonstrated the domino effect in several videos on YouTube. When an upright domino stores potential energy that builds over time due to its position; when one falls, that stored potential energy converts to kinetic energy which then causes another domino to collapse and so on until eventually an entire chain collapses causing yet more dominos to collapse as part of an endless cycle.
The domino effect can also help writers craft scenes that defy what readers might assume are logical. This is particularly useful when writing scenes involving immoral acts by characters; here, a writer must provide motivation or logic that allows readers to forgive these actions as breaking society’s norms. Whether writing your manuscript off the cuff or taking your time crafting an outline first, understanding how domino effects work will allow you to craft novels that keep readers turning pages to turn.