I'm not professional mathematician but I do love a math problem - this one, however has me stumped.
I'm a UX Designer trying to figure out some guidelines for using tables in a page layout. The thing I want to know is how many possible combinations of cells across the width I can use to make up a 12 column table but only using column units equivalent to 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 12 columns - the whole number results of dividing the total as many ways as possible.
I know, for example that I can create a full width single column using a single 12-column cell. Or two equal columns using two 6-column cells... but after that it starts to get tricky.
I can make 3 columns using three 4-column cells but I can also make three columns using one 6-column cell and two 3-column cells.
And getting to four or more cells gets even more complex.
So, to sum up, I'd like to know if there is a way to work out how many possible combinations of the whole number divisions of 12 can be used to total 12 (regardless of addition order - so 6+3+3, 3+6+3 and 3+3+6 only count as one.)
Does that make any sense?