Dominoes are tiles that can be played with by two to four people. They are shuffled face down on a table and drawn at random to form the playing surface. The goal of a domino game is to match the pips in one end with the pips in an adjacent end. Typically, this means that the sum of the pips in each end is divisible by five or three. In some versions of the game, such as “5s-and-3s” in British pubs and social clubs, players score a point when the sum of all their open-end pips is a multiple of seven.
A domino effect is the cascading of a series of events that begin with an initial event, such as the fall of a row of dominoes. It is most often a mechanical effect but can also be used as an analogy to describe certain societal behaviors or events.
During the falling process, much of the potential energy in the first domino converts to kinetic energy, the energy of motion. It is then transferred to the next domino and provides the force needed to knock it over.
The process continues until the last domino is knocked over. This process is called a “chain reaction.”
Lily Hevesh started playing with dominoes when she was nine years old. She loves setting up a row of dominoes in a straight or curved line, flicking the first domino, and watching it fall.
She’s a professional domino artist who creates mind-blowing designs for events and movies. She has more than 2 million subscribers to her YouTube channel, Hevesh5.
Her designs include stacked walls, grids that form pictures when they fall, and 3D structures like towers and pyramids. The first step in creating her art is brainstorming a theme or purpose for the project.
After she has a clear idea of what she wants her design to look like, she works out a plan for how many dominoes will be necessary for the job. This can involve calculating how many pieces she needs to make the design as big or as small as she wants it to be.
Once she’s decided how many dominoes will be needed for the project, she then begins to sketch out how she would want the tiles to fall. She draws arrows to show where she wants the dominoes to go.
The arrows can be straight or curved, and they can represent different symbols or themes. They can even be arranged to form patterns, such as a pattern that resembles the letters of a name.
Each time she sets up a domino installation, Hevesh follows a version of the engineering-design process that she learned when she was a student at Stanford University. She starts with a basic set of shapes, such as rectangles and squares, and she adds details like arrows and geometric shapes to her designs.
When she’s done, she makes a video to promote her creation. It’s a great way to get the word out about her art, and it helps her gain more viewers.