The Many Uses of Dominoes

Domino is a game that involves placing domino tiles on a table with each tile touching an adjacent one. These tiles have a number showing on each end and when they are lined up together form a chain of numbers that can be manipulated to the players’ advantage in a variety of games. Dominoes can be used to illustrate addition and subtraction, as a way of teaching algebra, or in a variety of other ways.

In the early days of the Domino’s pizza franchise, things were not going as well as Tom Monaghan had hoped. His company had a lot of debt and he was not able to meet the payroll for the franchisees. Eventually, he was forced to sell his stake in the business. However, the sale of his shares did not necessarily mean that he was leaving Domino’s.

The most basic domino game requires a double-six set, and the 28 tiles are shuffled face down to form a stock, or boneyard. Each player draws seven tiles from this stock and places them, on-edge, in front of themselves. Each player then begins to play a domino in turn. The first tile played is known as the kicker, and it must land in a space that is free of other tiles and able to be occupied by future play. The resulting chain must be placed in such a way that the adjacent dominoes are either identical (e.g., five to 5) or form a specified total.

Depending on the game being played, it is common for the chains to become longer and more complicated as the game progresses. For example, when playing the game of Twenty-one, each player tries to be the first to play a double-six.

Many different types of domino art are possible, including straight lines that can be used to create a picture, grids that form patterns, and 3D structures such as towers and pyramids. Domino art can also be created using computer software, and many online resources exist to teach students how to do this.

In literature, the domino effect refers to a scene in which the character’s actions have a significant impact on the scenes that follow it. For example, if your hero does something immoral in one scene, readers may have difficulty accepting his actions in the next. The domino effect is important because it demonstrates the impact that one action can have on others.

For this activity, students will need a large set of dominoes to affix to a whiteboard or place in a pocket chart, as well as a regular set to use on a document projector. A teacher will demonstrate how to use this activity by choosing a domino and then asking the class to name how many dots are on it. The teacher will then write the corresponding equation on a blank domino. As the class works, the teacher can monitor student progress and provide assistance when needed.