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A001208 a(n) = solution to the postage stamp problem with 3 denominations and n stamps.
(Formerly M2721 N1351)
22
3, 8, 15, 26, 35, 52, 69, 89, 112, 146, 172, 212, 259, 302, 354, 418, 476, 548, 633, 714, 805, 902, 1012, 1127, 1254, 1382, 1524, 1678, 1841, 2010, 2188, 2382, 2584, 2801, 3020, 3256, 3508, 3772, 4043, 4326, 4628, 4941, 5272, 5606, 5960, 6334, 6723, 7120 (list; graph; refs; listen; history; text; internal format)
OFFSET

1,1

COMMENTS

Fred Lunnon [W. F. Lunnon] defines "solution" to be the smallest value not obtainable by the best set of stamps. The solutions given are one lower than this, that is, the sequence gives the largest number obtainable without a break using the best set of stamps.

REFERENCES

R. K. Guy, Unsolved Problems in Number Theory, C12.

N. J. A. Sloane, A Handbook of Integer Sequences, Academic Press, 1973 (includes this sequence).

N. J. A. Sloane and Simon Plouffe, The Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences, Academic Press, 1995 (includes this sequence).

LINKS

Vincenzo Librandi, Table of n, a(n) for n = 1..1000

R. Alter and J. A. Barnett, A postage stamp problem, Amer. Math. Monthly, 87 (1980), 206-210.

M. F. Challis, Two new techniques for computing extremal h-bases A_k, Comp. J. 36(2) (1993) 117-126.

Erich Friedman, Postage stamp problem

F. H. Kierstead, Jr.,, The Stamp Problem, J. Rec. Math., Vol. ?, Year ?, page 298. [Annotated and scanned copy]

W. F. Lunnon, A postage stamp problem, Comput. J. 12 (1969) 377-380.

Eric Weisstein's World of Mathematics, Postage stamp problem

MAPLE

c2 :=array(0..8, [3, 3, 5, 5, 7, 6, 8, 8, 10]) ; c3 :=array(0..8, 1..2, [[1, 1], [1, 1], [2, 1], [2, 1], [3, 1], [2, 2], [3, 2], [3, 2], [4, 2]]); c4 :=array(0..8, 1..3, [[0, 0, 0], [0, 0, 1], [1, 0, 1], [1, 0, 2], [2, 0, 2], [2, 1, 2], [3, 1, 2], [3, 1, 3], [4, 1, 3]]) ; for n from 23 to 100 do r := n mod 9 ; t := iquo(n, 9) ; a2 := 6*t+c2[r] ; a3 := (2*t+c3[r, 1])+(2*t+c3[r, 2])*a2 ; printf("%a, ", 4*t+c4[r, 1]+(2*t+c4[r, 2])*a2+(3*t+c4[r, 3])*a3) ; end: # R. J. Mathar, Apr 01 2006

MATHEMATICA

ClearAll[c2, c3, c4, a]; Evaluate[ Array[c2, 9, 0]] = {3, 3, 5, 5, 7, 6, 8, 8, 10}; Evaluate[ Array[c3, {9, 2}, {0, 1}]] = {{1, 1}, {1, 1}, {2, 1}, {2, 1}, {3, 1}, {2, 2}, {3, 2}, {3, 2}, {4, 2}}; Evaluate[ Array[c4, {9, 3}, {0, 1}]] = {{0, 0, 0}, {0, 0, 1}, {1, 0, 1}, {1, 0, 2}, {2, 0, 2}, {2, 1, 2}, {3, 1, 2}, {3, 1, 3}, {4, 1, 3}}; Evaluate[ Array[a, 19]] = {3, 8, 15, 26, 35, 52, 69, 89, 112, 146, 172, 212, 259, 302, 354, 418, 476, 548, 633}; a[n_] := (r = Mod[n, 9]; t = Quotient[n, 9]; a2 = 6t + c2[r]; a3 = (2t + c3[r, 1]) + (2t + c3[r, 2])*a2; 4t + c4[r, 1] + (2t + c4[r, 2])*a2 + (3t + c4[r, 3])*a3); Table[a[n], {n, 1, 48}] (* Jean-Fran├žois Alcover, Dec 19 2011, after R. J. Mathar's Maple program *)

CROSSREFS

Postage stamp sequences: A001208, A001209, A001210, A001211, A001212, A001213, A001214, A001215, A001216, A005342, A005343, A005344, A014616, A053346, A053348, A075060, A084192, A084193.

Equals A195618 - 1.

A row or column of the array A196416 (possibly with 1 subtracted from it).

Sequence in context: A238806 A080181 A071399 * A159465 A071148 A172289

Adjacent sequences:  A001205 A001206 A001207 * A001209 A001210 A001211

KEYWORD

nonn,nice,changed

AUTHOR

N. J. A. Sloane

EXTENSIONS

Maple recursion program valid for n>=23 from Challis added by R. J. Mathar, Apr 01 2006

At least 64 terms are known, see Friedman link.

Entry improved by comments from John Seldon (johnseldon(AT)onetel.com), Sep 15 2004

More terms from Jean Gaumont (jeangaum87(AT)yahoo.com), Apr 16 2006

STATUS

approved

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