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Using Functions in Excel

1. 1. Using Functions in Excel
2. 2. Review A FUNCTION is a built in formula that is a shortcut for common calculations. Example: =SUM(A1:A20)
3. 3. Types of Functions Excel places functions in various categories
4. 4. Common Functions In this class we will use a few common functions
5. 5. Common Functions SUM - Adds the contents in the range of the function PRODUCT – Multiplies the contents in the range of the function QUOTIENT – Divides the contents in the range of the function AVERAGE – Finds the average of the content in the range MAX – Finds the largest value in the range of the function MIN – Finds the lowest value in the range of the function ABS – Returns the absolute value of a number
6. 6. Common Functions There is NO function for subtraction in excel
7. 7. Using Functions Functions can be used in the same ways that formulas are used
8. 8. Using Functions Calculation for numbers by themselves. Example: Gives the sum of the numbers 1 and 3 =SUM(1,3)
9. 9. Using Functions Calculation for numbers and cells. Example: Gives the sum of cell A1 and the number 3 =SUM(a1,3)
10. 10. Using Functions Calculation for cells. Example: Gives the sum for the range of cells a1 through c1 =SUM(a1:c1)
11. 11. Using Functions IMPORTANT!! When using NUMBERS with functions; use a comma =SUM(1,3) When using cell references with function, use a colon =SUM(a1:c1)