Dominoes are small rectangular blocks with anywhere from 0 to 6 dots on each side. They are used in the game of domino, where players place them in long lines on a flat surface and then knock over the first one to start the chain reaction that eventually leads to hundreds, even thousands of pieces falling down. Stacking dominoes in this way inspired the phrase, “the domino effect,” which refers to any series of events that begin with a simple action and ultimately have much greater–and often tragic–consequences.
A domino is a small, rectangular block that can be used in a variety of games. The most common game involves laying out a line of dominoes, each of which is positioned so that it will topple over when pushed over by the next. The first domino to be tipped over causes the rest to fall, creating a complex and often beautiful pattern. The game is sometimes called bones, pieces, men, or stones, and can be played with as few as two people.
While the game is popular among children, adults can also enjoy using dominoes to create elaborate designs or to demonstrate the domino effect. This type of display is commonly known as a “domino rally,” and can be particularly impressive when the resulting chain of reactions is timed properly.
Using dominoes to illustrate the domino effect is an excellent tool for teaching physics, as well as a great way to demonstrate a number of other concepts. For example, it can help students understand how a simple event such as dropping a glass can result in a series of events that is difficult to predict. In addition, it can be an effective way to teach students about the importance of being able to anticipate the results of their actions.
A physicist at the University of Toronto explains that when a domino is standing upright, it has potential energy, which is stored based on its position. However, when it is tipped over, that energy is converted to kinetic energy and is available for pushing the next domino in the chain. When that happens, it is impossible for the domino to stand up again without causing a chain reaction.
Dominoes can be made of a variety of materials, including bone, silver lip ocean pearl oyster shell (mother of pearl), ivory and a dark hardwood such as ebony. Natural materials generally have a more elegant appearance and feel heavier than polymer dominoes. Some sets have a domino surface composed of half the thickness in bone, mother of pearl or ivory, while the other half is made from ebony.
In the early 2000s, Domino’s was struggling financially and in need of a major boost to its image. The company’s new CEO, Brandon Doyle, implemented several changes, including a more relaxed dress code and new leadership training programs. Ultimately, Domino’s refocused on its core values, including championing its employees. This re-focus helped the company turn around and thrive.