Domino is a generic term for a set of small rectangular wood or plastic blocks with pips (small dots) on each face. These are used for playing a variety of games. Unlike cards or dice, dominoes are versatile enough to allow for multiple variations of the same game. A domino set can be used for casual and competitive gaming, or as a learning tool to develop math and logic skills.
The most popular games in a domino set are the ones that involve the dominoes falling into place to create chains or lines of the same number showing on both ends of the tile. The most common dominoes are doubles and singles, although there are other types as well. There are also several rules that can be applied to different games of domino to change the way in which they are played.
The first player begins by placing a domino on the table, either a single or double, then matching an end of one of his own tiles to part of the first domino. The open end of the domino that matches is now in a line of play, and the pips on both ends are counted. The next player may then continue to add tiles to this line of play in the same manner.
As more tiles are added to the line, it becomes a chain or string of dominoes that is referred to as the layout or string. When a player makes a mistake while playing a tile, he must recall that domino and replace it with another tile before continuing to play the remaining tiles. If a mistake is not recalled before the next player plays, the misplay must stand and the score is given to the other player.
Many of the most popular domino games fall into one of four categories: bidding, blocking, scoring, and round games. These are all played using a set of dominoes and can be enjoyed by players of all ages.
Physicist Stephen Morris has explained that dominoes have potential energy when they are standing upright. When a domino falls, much of this potential energy is converted to kinetic energy, which allows it to push the next domino over. This kinetic energy then transfers to the other dominoes in the line, creating a chain reaction until all of the dominoes are flipped over.
When Lily Hevesh began collecting dominoes as a child, she was fascinated by the idea of setting up a long line and flicking one to watch it fall, domino by domino. Her passion for the hobby led her to start a YouTube channel where she posts videos of her mind-blowing domino projects.
When Domino’s CEO Tom Doyle was hired to turn around the company, he made listening to employees a top priority. This helped to build trust and made it easier for workers to voice their concerns. As a result, Domino’s implemented new changes to improve the workplace culture and employee happiness. These changes included a more relaxed dress code and leadership training programs. As a result of these improvements, the company was named a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press.