I asked about this a while ago, but I'm still unsure. Imagine you have a nxn grid (3x3 for argument). I want to know how I can work out the total number of patterns I can make with 2 colours, say black and white. An example would be:
x = black o = white
ooo xoo xxo
ooo ooo oxx
ooo ooo oxo
So, pattern one is all white, patter two has one bit black etc. I was told for this it would be 2 to the 9th, giving me 512, which can't be correct! Is it 9 squared, giving me 81? What if I had a 6x8 grid, or 17x31 grid?
I did try to host a nicer picture than my x and o, but sadly I can't get imageshack to work.