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Excel is powerful tool and can make your life easier if you are proficient in using it. You will need to use Excel to complete most of your experiments and are expected to know how to manipulate data, prepare plots and analyze error. In Excel, the columns are labeled with letters, and rows are labeled by numbers. The individual boxes are called cells, which are designated by column and row. For example, the top left cell in the spreadsheet is A1. You can highlight an entire row or column by clicking on the letter or number, at the start of the row or top of the column, it is designated by. You can highlight specific cells by clicking INSIDE the cell and dragging the mouse. Pressing ENTER moves you down a column. Pressing TAB moves you across a row. A new workbook contains three separate worksheets. Tabs at bottom of the worksheets, labeled “Sheet 1” etc allow you to switch between the sheets. You can insert a new sheet by clicking INSERT, then WORKSHEET. Part 1. Entering Formulas Enter the following data in a column: 45, 56, 48, 51, 26, 58, 41, 67, 52, 57. Take the average. We can do this by entering a formula. All formulas must begin with an equal sign. Microsoft Excel has many common formulas “programmed” under key words. The average is on of these. It’s keyword is ‘average.’ After typing ‘=average’ it is necessary to specify the cells which have the numbers to be averaged. For example, where A1 is the beginning cell and A10 is the ending cell:

After you type the complete formula, and hit enter, the answer replaces your formula. Take the standard deviation, keyword is ‘stdev’, and the sum, keyword is ‘sum’. You should determine that the standard deviation is 11.19 and the sum is 501. For a complete list of keywords click INSERT then FUNCTION. Use one of these keywords to find the median of the data set. Your answer should be 52. If the data in column A was supposed to have more significant figures we could format our cells. To do this, highlight the appropriate cell and click FORMAT, then CELLS, then NUMBER. Under category, choose NUMBER and select correct number of

or we can physically click on cell A1. Try this for the formulas shown below. Also under FORMAT. formulas must begin with an equals sign.decimal places. A1 can be typed. then click EDIT on the toolbar. Again. Rather than typing this in the remaining nine cells. if we want to multiply the values in Column A by 5. after typing the equals sign and then continue typing the formula. sometimes parenthesis need to be used. we can highlight B1 through B10. For example. . then CELLS you can change the font and colors of both the font and background. we would type in B1 ‘=A1*5’. and select FILL and DOWN. B2-B10. It is possible to perform mathematical functions with the data we input. You can also put numbers in scientific notation from this screen. You should be able to use these features. Notice.

take the natural log of viscosity. We want to represent this data in an XY scatter plot. The formula is ‘=ln(B2)’ for the first value.30715 Viscosity 1.0000 This data does not have a linear relationship. Enter it in Worksheet 2. the data can be graphed.41586 0.2418 1. Click on INSERT then CHART.Part II.2052 1.70056 0.79980 0. . Do this in column C.3800 1.0604 1. In order to produce a linear relationship.1603 1.0262 1.13580 1.22860 1.00010 0.1000 1.2772 1.50389 0.61430 0. Concentration 1. After calculating the natural log for all values of viscosity. Making Graphs The following is data from a viscosity experiment.3300 1.91580 0.

Now we need to add the correct series. Now. In the ‘name’ box. A2-A11. then highlight the values you calculated for the natural log of viscosity. then highlight the concentration column. we need to tell the program what to graph. click NEXT.Click NEXT. . click on the SERIES tab. The ‘Series’ box should be empty. highlight it and click remove. C2-C11. Click ADD. Then. label the series. Now. we can label the axis and the title of the graph as shown below. If it contains anything. Click in the ‘X-values’ box. To do this. Click in the ‘Y’ box.

Then.2. Click on the scale tab. For this case. it is more appropriate for the minimum value of the x-axis to be 0. rather than 0. click on the background. double click the axis you want to change. To change the scale of your axis to make it more appropriate. . A rectangle will outline the background. so your data fills the graph. click FINISH. Press delete. To delete the grey background. There are other interesting features within this menu you may want to try.

Excel can be used to find a best fit line for data. then ADD TRENDLINE. To do this. make sure the boxes are checked to ‘display equation on chart’ and ‘display R-squared value on chart. click on a data point on the graph. In this case. the data looks linear so we will fit it with a linear trend line.’ . Under the type tab. Then click CHART. select linear. On the OPTIONS tab.

We need to know the error in the slope and intercept of the trendline. ‘Residuals’ and ‘Residual plots. please see the paragraph about it’s installation at the end of this tutorial.As you can see. as well as the distribution of the data points around the line.’ In the ‘Input Y range’ and ‘Input X range’ fields. ) Scroll down and select ‘Regression. Make sure the boxes are checked next to ‘Confidence Level:95%’. known as residuals. click TOOLS then DATA ANALYSIS. Part III.’ . To do this. To do this. select the same data you used to make your graph. (If you do not see DATA ANALYSIS as an option. the data points do not fall exactly on the line. you need to use the data analysis toolpak.

1788. You will notice that not only have you plotted your residuals. 1.0621. 1. you will have to take the natural log of this data to make it linear.Click OK. both could be displayed on the same graph by adding a series. if you did two trials of the above viscosity experiment. Most importantly.2244.4545. 1. 1. For trial 2. click on the . and 1. For example. 1. labeled here as ‘X Variable 1’. 1. This will output in a new worksheet unless you specify and output range.2975. To add this data to your graph. you will see the slope.3512.1175.0426. Again.0002. The error to the slope and intercept are highlighted in green. the viscosities are: 1. 1. and the intercept of the trendline in yellow. it is useful to put more than one data set on the same graph.5233. Sometimes. but Excel has calculated many other statistics for you. 11.

Click the series tab. click CHART from the toolbar. If you don't see the appropriate boxes to check. you'll have to rerun the Excel installation routine from the CD and make sure you install the ATP. To do this. you need to click TOOLS. You may be prompted to insert your Microsoft Office Disk. Part III. Add a trend line to this data. Then click ADD. As you can see in the figure above. You should try to spend some time becoming proficient in Excel because it will save you time while trying to do homework and lab reports and is a good skill to have upon entering the workforce. Then click OK. double click on the item you want to change. *This is just a brief introduction to Excel. This program has many more useful features that could be very beneficial for you to learn. then ADD SOURCE DATA. Name this data set something different than the first.graph. then ADD-INS. we have changed the colors of our lines and trendline equations so that they can be distinguished between. Check the box for ‘Analysis ToolPak’ and ‘Analysis Toolpak VBA’. Sometimes it may be necessary to restart Excel before being able to run the data analysis. then input the appropriate x and y data. Installing Data Analysis Toolpak To install the data analysis toolpak. After the installation you will be able to click TOOLS then DATA ANALYSIS. .

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