January 10, 2013
Toppling Dominoes the Size of Skyscrapers
MIT Tech. Review, MIT Technology Review
You’ve probably seen the domino effect in action where a row of standing slabs topple successively. Usually, the dominos are all the same size but a toppling domino actually has enough momentum to push over a bigger one. So it’s possible to set up a row of successively larger dominos that can be toppled by the push of a tiny slab at the beginning–a domino chain reaction.
So here’s an interesting question. How much bigger can each succeeding domino be?
TAGGED: Games, Physics, Mathematics