# What is Domino?

a small rectangular block marked with two groups of spots, or dots, one on each side, and used for playing various games.

Domino, also known as dominoes, is a table game played by one or more people with the object of scoring points by putting a single tile on a line or “chain” that extends across a board. The first player to complete the chain wins the game. Dominos may be played with a standard 28-tile set or a larger variety that includes curved lines, grids that form pictures when they fall, and 3D structures such as towers and pyramids.

While the earliest domino sets were made of wood, most now are made from polymer (plastic) materials that can be mass-produced and color coordinated to suit many tastes. Dominoes can be purchased at most toy stores and some discount retailers. Larger varieties can also be found at specialty hobby shops and online.

In a typical domino game, players draw tiles from a bag or bowl and then place them on the table, positioning each in a row so that its matching end touches either an open end of the previous domino or another tile already on the line. Once a player has positioned a domino, it must be touched by the other players before scoring.

The first player to reach the end of their line or a predetermined number of rounds wins. Players score based on the number of pips showing at opposing players’ tiles; for example, a 6-6 domino placed vertically has open ends of 6, 5 and 4. Doubles count as one or two (the rule is agreed upon before the game begins) and double-blanks may be counted as 0 or 14.

Dominos are also often used to make artistic creations. A well-known artist, Lily Hevesh, has used the simple game to create amazing scenes on the floor and walls. She has created a YouTube channel where she shares her art, and her works have been featured in movies and at events such as Katy Perry’s album release party.

For the mathematically inclined, a set of dominoes can be a great way to introduce students to patterns in numbers and operations. By creating equations for dominoes and using them to construct addition chains, students can explore how the number of dots on each end of a domino is related to the total number of dots and the order in which the dots are placed. This is an excellent way to help students meet Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, particularly Mathematical Practice Standard 8, Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

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