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QUESTION: Dear Prof Scott

Other than Rectangle, Square, Diamond, Kite shapes can we construct postage stamps with other possible shapes viz Circular, Oval, Trapezoid, Pyramid, Triangle etc ?.

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

ANSWER: The rectangular is the easiest to construct.  Other shapes would cost more due to the waste involved in material that couldn't be used.

See, if we take a piece of paper, and cut horizontal and circular lines that are equally spaced apart, smaller rectangles are easily generated.  We could also generate trapezoids are triangles with a small amount of waster, but there would still be some.  Other shapes would generate even more waste material.

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QUESTION: Dear Prof Scott


Can we construct cone,cylinder, rhombus,parabola, ellipse,hyperbola shaped postage stamps?.

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

Well, they need to be two dimensional in order to stick to a surface.

They could be formed as just part of the outside of a cylinder,
but when torn off they'd be close enough to flat to work.

Again, they need to be formed into a flat shape since that is two dimensional and easily sticks to a letter.  Even if letters were made to have some three dimensional aspect to them,
that would make it a lot more difficult to send them through in such massive amounts.
They are two dimensional so it is easy to put them in stacks of 100's or 1000's.
Adding another dimension would make storage be a whole lot more.

Now if we were advanced enough to make stamps allow letters to fly to a destination, perhaps they could be formed in the shape of an airplane ...

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I can answer any question in general math, arithetic, discret math, algebra, box problems, geometry, filling a tank with water, trigonometry, pre-calculus, linear algebra, complex mathematics, probability, statistics, and most of anything else that relates to math. I can also say that I broke 5 minutes for a mile, which is over 12 mph, but is that relevant?


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My master's paper was published in the OSU journal. The subject of it was Numerical Analysis used in shock waves and rarefaction fans. It dealt with discontinuities that arose over time. They were solved using the Leap Frog method. That method was used and improvements of it were shown. The improvements were by Enquist-Osher, Godunov, and Lax-Wendroff.

Master of Science at OSU with high honors in mathematics. Bachelor of Science at OSU with high honors in mathematical sciences. This degree involved mathematics, statistics, and computer science. I also took sophmore level physics and chemistry while I was attending college. On the side I took raquetball, but that's still not relevant.

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I earned high honors in both my BS degree and MS degree from Oregon State. I was in near the top in most of my classes. In several classes in mathematics, I was first. In a class of over 100 students, I was always one of the first ones to complete the test. I graduated with well over 50 credits in upper division mathematics.

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