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Domino Show

  1. Dec 22, 2005 #1
    Hi to everybody

    I am a student in physics department of M.E.T.U (Middle East Technical University). I am also a member of Metu Physics Socity a group of people want us (From the physics Society) to make a domno show for an international fair opening. We thought to make a show with nearly 65000-80000 dominos. Since it is a very big organisation we dont want to make mistakes in the opening day.
    Now our problem is that hopw to check all the system is working or not.
    -you may say by falling the pieces but there is a problem after falling the dominos we again have to order them to fall but when we reorder them we can again have a posibility of making mistakes. I and my frendsthought that if we make system which can easily reorder the pieces to the position before they are falling we can fall the system see weather is there any mistakes if there is we corrrect it them ve again reprder the pieces with that system and check the system again and the cycle goes untill there is no problem in the ordering of pieces. But we coudnt have any idea how to reorder all 65000 or 80000 dominos quickly and also not to change their positions.
    Do you have any acceptable idea the divices with fishing lines electromagnets are acceptable. But the system must not be too complex or too expensive (usual enginearing problem). Any idea will welcome
     
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  3. Dec 22, 2005 #2

    Danger

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    Off the top of my head, all that I can think of is to somehow hinge the individual tiles to the surface that they're on. A small bead of liquid latex along the leading edge might do it, and perhaps even supply enough elastic effect that they'll stand themselves back up when the intial load is removed. :confused:
     
  4. Dec 22, 2005 #3

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    Actually, Danger - that's a brilliant idea! Not easy though. I don't think the rubber stuff will be easy to apply but it sure would be a cool thing to watch all those dominoes drop like soldiers in no-man's-land as they marched across the floor!
     
  5. Dec 22, 2005 #4

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    Thanks for the kind words, Q.
    As for the application, trying to use a brush or something like that would be pretty inconvenient. The thing that I had in mind is called (in Canada, anyhow) 'Speed Sew'. It comes in a tube like model cement, for hemming clothes and whatnot in a hurry. As nearly as I can tell, it's exactly the same stuff as the 'Mold Maker' that comes in a big jar. I always carry a tube around with me on Hallowe'en to touch up my appliances if they start to come unglued. Applying it (if it's available in umut's area) would just involve squeezing out a bead as you would with silicone sealant. A blow-drier will set it within a couple of minutes.

    And yeah... I love watching domino cascades.
     
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  6. Dec 23, 2005 #5

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    As a build-on to Danger's idea, you might also use a piece of tape instead of the latex or glue idea. A small piece of tape on each dominoe might act as a hinge and give you a repeatable performance.
     
  7. Dec 23, 2005 #6

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    There's with the tape again, Q! Does Steve Smith know about you?
    As a matter of fact, though, electrical tape might be the ideal approach. It adheres well, and has just about the right amount of stretch. Good idea!
     
  8. Dec 27, 2005 #7

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    Okay, I'm back. Just spent a couple of days with N/W's family about 700 km away from the computer. Great food, great company, no internet.
    Anyhow, yesterday I thought of a very basic, simple precaution to take in case the hinge thing doesn't work. Trace a pencil line along either the front or back edge and at least one side of each tile as you position it. Then if they don't stay put as planned, at least you know where to put them the next time.
     
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