With the advent of computers, the spreadsheet programs made it possible tocondense large quantities of information all the while linking specific cells to other spreadsheets, statements and ledgers. Analysis became a bonus for the use of thesesystems by the use of macro’s, formula’s and command words.
Spreadsheets began as a tool for number crunching and analysis but has nowexpanded into the world of decision making. The use of “if” statements further increased the value of spreadsheets as mindtools for logic problems. This canallow the student the ability to change information at one point and view the resultsimmediately. Like a off/on switch the logic command can redirect the end resultsto a completely new and informative answers.
As an example: Given the following information and allowing only questions that result in a “yes” or “no” answer solve this riddle.If a man rises each morning at 5 a.m. to dress for work and have breakfast. At 7 am he leaves his 15
floor apartment for the elevator where he presses the 1
floor button. Upon arrival in the lobby he exits the west entrance to the apartment building, turns north and walks the 15 blocks to his job as an accountant on the5
floor of a 45 story office building. At 5 p.m. he takes an elevator to the lobbythen upon exiting the building turning south to walk the 15 blocks back to hisapartment building. Upon entering the elevator he presses the 5
floor button. Exiting the elevator on the 5
floor he begins the ten floor climb up the stairs to his15
floor apartment. He does this 5 days a week. Why?
There is a logical answer to this problem. You are allowed to ask questions tofurther investigate but the only answers you will be given will be: Yes or No.