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What is a spreadsheet Why on a computer? Basics of a spreadsheet • columns • rows • cells Types of Data • Labels • Constants • Formulas • Basics • change in formulas • Basic Math • Selecting cells Specific Formulas (or FUNCTIONS) • SUM • AVERAGE • MAX • MIN • COUNT • COUNTA • IF • PMT • SIN COS TAN etc. • Function Wizard copying formulas • fill down • absolute positioning • fill right Formatting • formatting text • formatting numbers • column width inserting a column inserting a row charts or graphing get ready

A spreadsheet is the computer equivalent of a paper ledger sheet. It consists of a grid made from columns and rows. It is an environment that can make number manipulation easy and somewhat painless.

The math that goes on behind the scenes on the paper ledger can be overwhelming. If you change the loan amount, you will have to start the math all over again (from scratch). But lets take a closer look at the computer version. Looking at our previous example it seems pretty evenly matched. Right? WRONG! The nice thing about using a computer and spreadsheet is that you can experiment with numbers without having to RE-DO all the calculations. Lets change the interest rate and then the number of months. Let the COMPUTER do the calculations! Once we have the formulas set up, we can change the variables that are called from the formula and watch the changes. Change the Interest Rate Change the Number of Months

Do that on paper and you better get your calculator back out and get an Eraser and hope you punched all the right keys and in the right order. Spreadsheets are instantly updated if one of the entries is changed. NO erasers! NO new formulas! NO calculators! Spreadsheets can be very valuable tools in business. They are often used to play out a series of what-if scenarios! (much like our car purchase here.) So let's get started digging into what makes a spreadsheet work. Spreadsheets are made up of

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columns rows and their intersections are called cells

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text (labels) number data (constants) formulas (mathematical equations that do all the work)

.Take a look at the explanations of each of these. In a spreadsheet the CELL is defined as the space where a specified row and column intersect. Each CELL is assigned a name according to its COLUMN letter and ROW number. Letters are used to designate each COLUMN'S location. TAKE NOTES ON IT! In a spreadsheet the COLUMN is defined as the vertical space that is going up and down the window. Numbers are used to designate each ROW'S location. In the above diagram the ROW labeled 4 is highlighted. Remember there will be a short quiz later on so if there is something you need to take notes on. In the above diagram the COLUMN labeled C is highlighted. In a spreadsheet the ROW is defined as the horizontal space that is going across the window.

In our first example: the labels were • • • • • computer ledger car loan interest # of payments Monthly Pmt. They do not have a value associated with them. When referencing a cell. you should put the column first and the row second. In a spreadsheet there are three basic types of data that can be entered.(just a number -. we use labels to help identify what we are talking about. The labels are NOT for the computer but rather for US so we can clarify what we are doing. Labels are text entries.75 or -7.(a mathematical equation used to calculate) data types LABEL CONSTANT FORMULA examples Name or Wage or Days 5 or 3.(text with no numerical value) constants . Again. . We typically use labels to identify what we are talking about.4 =5+3 or = 8*5+3 descriptions anything that is just text any number math equation *ALL formulas MUST begin with an equal sign (=). • • • labels .In the above diagram the CELL labeled B6 is highlighted.constant value) formulas* .

60. Formulas are entries that have an equation that calculates the value to display. . It is also important to type in the reference to the constants instead of the constants. This equation will be updated upon the change or entry of any data that is referenced in the equation. We DO NOT type in the numbers we are looking for. Dividing by 12 will give us the interest rate for the payment period . the solution was $252. I could change the months above and the payment would not change. you would answer with a specific answer. Had I entered =PMT(. sometimes referring to percentages.in this case a payment period of one month. and other times referring to a number of items (in this case 60 months). The formula that was typed into the spreadsheet was: =PMT(C4/12.Constants are entries that have a specific fixed value. In our first example. In our first example: the constants were • • • $12. Again.-12000) my formula would only work for that particular set of data.000 9.C5. but it is a fixed value for each person. Formulas OR Functions MUST BEGIN with an equal sign (=).6% 60 As you can see from these examples there may be different types of numbers.61 This was NOT typed into the keyboard.-C3) C4 (annual interest rate) was divided by 12 because there are 12 months in a year. other people will have different answers. Remember to enter the cell where the data is stored and NOT the data itself.These are typed into the computer with just the numbers and are changed to display their type of number by formatting (we will talk about this later). Formulas are mathematical equations. we type in the equation. Sure. Sometimes constants are referring to dollars. we use constants to enter FIXED number data. If someone asks you how old you are. There is a list of the functions available within Excel under the menu INSERT down to Function.096/12.

but one is much more useful than the other. When we are entering formulas into a spreadsheet we want to make as many references as possible to existing data. If we referenced the actual cells (instead of typing the data into the equation) we could update the entire spreadsheet by just typing in the NEW Hours worked. If you work for 23 hours and make $5.36 ) the first time and just changed the hours worked. And -. Once you have a working spreadsheet you can save your work and use it at a later time. If we can reference that information we don't have to type it in again.36 ) . we use formulas to CALCULATE a value to be displayed.36 but would still be = B1 * B2 • • • • If we had typed in ( = 23 * 5. our equation in B4 would still be ( = 23 * 5.you're done! Let's look at the new spreadsheet: hours have been changed to 34 wage is the same total pay would now be = 34 * 5. In our last example. we DO-NOT have to change the equations. DO YOU KNOW which is BEST and WHY? It is BEST if we can Reference as much data as possible as opposed to typing data into equations.Again. things were pretty straightforward. AND more importantly if that OTHER information changes.36 an hour. We had number of hours worked multiplied by wage per hour and we got our total pay.36 Both of these equations will produce the same answers. how much do you make? We can set up this situation using • • • three labels two constants one equation Let's look at this equation in B4: • • = B1 * B2 = 23 * 5.

It is BEST if we can Reference as much data as possible as opposed to typing data into equations. When entering your selection you may use the keyboard or the mouse. This will select ALL the cells within this specified BLOCK of cells. add and subtract. We can select several cells together if we can specify a starting cell and a stopping cell. Of the most basic operations are the standard multiply. We typed in ( = B1 * B2 ). These are the locations of the data that we want to use in our equation. We need to know how to reference the data in other parts of the spreadsheet. row 2) 2 7 4 =7 • A3 (column A. divide. row 3) =6 Operation Multiplication Division Addition Subtraction Symbol * / + Constant Data =5*6 =8/4 =4+7 =8-3 Referenced Answer Data = A1 * B3 30 = A3 / B2 2 = B2 + A2 11 = A3 . Let's look at some examples. . row 1) A B =5 1 5 3 • A2 (column A. row 3) 3 8 6 =8 • B1 (column B.B1 5 Selecting cells in an equation is a very important concept of a spreadsheet.INSTEAD we typed in references to the data that we wanted to use in the equation. Spreadsheets have many Math functions built into them. These operations follow the order of operations (just like algebra). For these following examples let's consider the following data: • A1 (column A. row 1) =3 • B2 (column B. row 2) =4 • B3 (column B.

A3 Type In A1 A1:A3 Click On • • • • • • • • • click on A1 click on A1 with button down drag to A3 click on A1 with button down drag to B1 click on A1 type in comma (or hold down the control key on a PC) (or hold down the command key on a MAC) click on B3 click on A1 with button down drag to B2 A1. The syntax is: .If the cells that we want to work with are not together (non-contiguous cells) we can use the comma to separate the cells or by holding down the control-key (command key on a MAC) and selecting cells or blocks of cells the comma will be inserted automatically to separate these chunks of data. B1 A1:B1 A1. B3 • • • • A1. row 3) = 8 2 • B1 (column B. B1. A2. For the following examples let's consider the table below: • A1 (column A. The Sum function takes all of the values in each of the specified cells and totals their values. row 3) = 6 This is just a discussion of selection methods. A2. B2 A1:B2 Probably the most popular function in any spreadsheet is the SUM function. row 1) = 3 • B2 (column B. row 2) = 4 3 • A 5 7 8 B 3 4 6 B3 (column B. row 2) = 7 1 • A3 (column A. row 1) = 5 • A2 (column A. If we wanted to add the cells in the (To Select) you would type in =sum(Type In) or =sum(Click On) To Select A1 A1. B3 A1.

A2. A3. second value.) Text fields and blank entries are not included in the calculations of the Average Function. A2. A5) Cells to ADD A1. A2. The average function finds the average of the specified data. A2. A4 A1. 100) =sum(A1+A4) =sum(A1:A2. 5 Example =sum(A1:A3) =sum(A1:A3. (Simplifies adding all of the indicated cells together and dividing by the total number of cells. second value. A4 and 300 A 25 50 75 100 Answer 62. A2. A5 There are many functions built into many spreadsheets. This has NO numeric value and can not be included 4 in a total.) The syntax is as follows. A4 =average (A1:A4. cell. Text cells can not be added to a number and will produce an error. A 25 50 75 test Answer 150 250 #VALUE! 75 Let's use the table here for the discussion that follows: 1 We will look at several different specific examples that show how 2 the typical function can be used! Notice that in A4 there is a 3 TEXT entry. One of the first ones that we are going to discuss is the Average function. A3 A1. A3. etc. range of cells). etc) In the first and second spots you can enter any of the following (constant. A1.5 110 . 1 Let's use the table here for the discussion that follows: 2 We will look at several different specific examples that show how 3 the average function can be used! 4 5 Example Cells to average =average (A1:A4) A1. A3 and 100 A1. • • Blank cells will return a value of zero to be added to the total.• =SUM(first value. • =Average (first value.

5 58. A5) Cells to look at A1. Max 30 100 30 10 1 Let's use the table here for the discussion that follows. A4 A1. A1.300) =average (A1:A5) A1. 100) =max (A1. A4. A3. A3) =max (A1. • • Blank entries are not included in the calculations of the Min Function. We will look at several different specific examples that show how 1 the min functions can be used! 2 3 4 . This will return the smallest (Min) value in the selected range of cells. Text entries are not included in the calculations of the Max Function. A2. A2. A4 and 100 A1. A5 =average (A1:A2. • • Blank entries are not included in the calculations of the Max Function. A3 A1. This will return the largest (max) value in the selected range of cells. Text entries are not included in the calculations of the Min Function. A2. A4 A4) 62. 2 We will look at several different specific examples that show how 3 the Max functions can be used! 4 5 Example of Max =max (A1:A4) =max (A1:A4. A3. A3. A 10 20 30 test Ans. A 10 20 30 test Let's use the table here for the discussion that follows. A2. A5 The next function we will discuss is Min (which stands for minimum).33 The next function we will discuss is Max (which stand for Maximum).

A3) A1. A3) =Count (A1. A4) =Count (A1. A5 The next function we will discuss is CountA. A3 and 100 A1. A3 and 100 20 =min (A1. A2. 100) A2. A4 A1. A5) Cells to look at A1. A2. min =min (A1:A4) A1. A5) 10 number) The next function we will discuss is Count. We will look at several different specific examples that show how . Text entries are NOT counted. 2 We will look at several different specific examples that show how 3 the Count functions can be used! 4 5 Example of Count =Count (A1:A3) =Count (A1:A3. A3 10 A1. A4 10 =min (A2:A3. A3 A1. A3. • • Blank entries are not counted. This will return the number of entries (actually counts each cell that contains number data OR text data) in the selected range of cells. This will return the number of entries (actually counts each cell that contains number data) in the selected range of cells. A3 A1.5 Example of min Cells to look at Ans. A2. • • Blank entries are not Counted. A 10 20 30 test Answer 3 4 2 1 1 1 Let's use the table here for the discussion that follows. 100) =Count (A1. A5 (displays the smallest =min (A1. A Let's use the table here for the discussion that follows. Text entries ARE Counted.

A3 A1. A3) =CountA (A1. . .08 0. A5 10 20 30 test Example of CountA =CountA (A1:A3) =CountA (A1:A3. value-if-true. A3 A1.08.05) =IF (A6>10000. A5) Answer 3 4 2 2 1 The next function we will discuss is IF.the CountA functions can be used! 1 2 3 4 5 Cells to look at A1. "No") =IF (A5>10000."Yes". A2. it must be in quotes A Price $.95 $1. . We will look at several different specific examples that show how the IF functions can be used! Example of IF typed into column B =IF (A2>1. The IF function will check the logical condition of a statement and return one value if true and a different value if false. A4) =CountA (A1. A4 A1."No") =IF (A3>1.05 Let's use the table here for the discussion that follows.37 > 1) is (14000 > 10000) is (8453 > 10000) .08 .08.05 Answer No Yes . value-if-false) value returned may be either a number or text if value returned is text.37 comparing # 14000 8453 B Over a dollar? No Yes returning # 0. "Yes". The syntax is • • • =IF (condition. A3 and 100 A1. A2.05) 1 2 3 4 5 6 Compares is ( . . 100) =CountA (A1.95 > 1) is (1.

This is the PMT function that was used for the car purchase in the first example.negative) Note that the rate is per period.71 1.00 0. FV.6% and we are calculating monthly payments. we must divide the annual interest rate by 12 to calculate the monthly interest rate.00 0.00 0. =PMT(rate.00 0. If you wanted to find: angle REF 0 30 45 90 180 sin =sin(REF) 0. If we have an annual interest rate of 9.50 0.00 format for degrees formula = sin (angle * pi()/180) the argument angle is in degrees format for radians formula = sin (angle) the argument angle is in radians .00 cos =cos(REF) 1. they can be typed into any cell. NPER.71 0.58 1.The PMT function returns the periodic (in this case monthly) payment for an annuity (in this case a loan). PV. type) equation goes into c7 =PMT(C4/12.-C3) C4 is the yearly interest and since it's compounded monthly we divide by 12 C5 is the number of months (# of payments) -C3 is the amount of money we have (borrow .87 0.C5. There are a few things that we must know in order for this function to work. TAN functions.00 0.00 -1. If you need to use the SIN. COS. To calculate the loan we must know a combination of the following • • • • • (rate) interest rate per period (NPER) number of payments until repaid (PV) present value of the loan (amount we are borrowing) (FV) future value of the money (for saving or investing) (type) enter 0 or 1 to indicate when payments are due.00 tan =tan(REF) 0. Excel has most of the math and trig functions built into it.

the function wizard icon looks like the icon on the right. that is all of the functions we are going to cover. In Excel there is a help tool for functions called the Function Wizard.To calculate trig functions in degrees you must convert them . In the spreadsheet we can use the copy and paste command. So the equation pasted into (C2) would be (A2+B2). Either way you get there. Yeah. The other way to get to the function wizard is to go to the Menu INSERT -. If you have a lot of duplicate formulas you can also perform what is referred to as a FILL DOWN. . You can type in either an actual number for the REF or you can also type in a reference from the excel spreadsheet (like A2). A 5 8 4 3 B 3 2 6 8 C =A1+B1 =A2+B2 =A3+B3 =? + ? 1 2 3 4 Cells information is copied from its relative position. There are two ways to get the function wizard. It is often necessary for you to understand the functions in order to be able to figure out these descriptions. In other words in the original cell (C1) the equation was (A1+B1). we need to repeat the same formula for many different cells. It is faster to type the basic function in from the keyboard as opposed to going through the steps of this tool. Excel will prompt you for the information it needs to complete the function. Upon choosing the function. at this point Excel will list all of the functions available. Well.otherwise excel will calculate them in radians. If you look at the Standard Toolbar.down to FUNCTION. I know it would have been nice to know this earlier. And the equation pasted into (C3) would be (A3+B3). The cell locations in the formula are pasted relative to the position we Copy them from. Sometimes when we enter a formula. On to the next phase. Mini descriptions are available for each of the cells. (discussed next). When we paste the function it will look to the two cells to the left. but it is important for you to understand how the functions work before you start using the Function Wizard.

C2.Fill and Right. The dollar signs Lock the cell location to a FIXED position. There is a short cut that is called Fill Down. Notice that the second part of the equation is FIXED or (ABSOLUTE REFERENCE so always references B3 which is 10). This is called Absolute Positioning. . C3. When we paste the function it will look to the two cells to the left. In other words in the original cell (C1) the equation was (A1+B1). and C4. This is possible by inserting a $ before the Column letter or a $ before the Row number (or both). And the equation pasted into (C3) would be (A3+B3). A 5 8 4 3 B C 3 =$A$1+$B$1 2 =$A$1+$B$1 6 =$A$1+$B$1 8 =$A$1+$B$1 1 2 3 4 If we were to fill down with this formula we would have the exact same formula in all of the cells C1. There are a number of ways to perform this operation. Answers would be A1=16. One of the ways is to 1. under the edit menu go down to fill and over to down A 5 8 4 3 B 3 2 6 8 C =A1+B1 fill down fill down fill down Cells information is copied from its relative position. select the cell that has the original formula 2. B1=12. hold the shift key down and click on the last cell (in the series that needs the formula) 3. We can also fill right. We must select the original cell (and the cells to the right) and select from the Edit menu -.Often we have several cells that need the same formula (in relationship) to the location it is to be typed into. A B =A2+$B$3 =B2+$B$3 6 2 7 10 9 8 C =C2+$B$3 5 4 7 1 2 3 4 If we were to fill right from A1 to C1 we would get the formulas displayed to the left. C1=15. 1 2 3 4 Sometimes it is necessary to keep a certain position that is not relative to the new cell location. So the equation pasted into (C2) would be (A2+B2). When it is copied and pasted it remains EXACTLY the same (no relative). And the equation pasted into (C4) would be(A4+B4).

center).Spreadsheets can be pretty dry. Here is a picture of what you will see there.53262624672423.53. red (for negative dollars). right. italics. We need to set the number of decimal places to what is important. we would probably have to make the column wider and at the least bore most people.click on FONT. . Notice that you can choose to change the alignment as well as several other options. etc. font size. underline. align (left. etc. It is best to keep numbers describing similar items as uniform as possible. If this was a dollar figure that had calculated tax it should be $3. We need to select the cell (or group of cells) that we wish to change the formatting and then go from the FORMAT menu -. dollar signs. We can use most of the tricks in our word processor to do the formatting of text. We often need to format the numbers to display the appropriate number of decimals.go down to format -. change the color. so we need some tools to dress them up a little.down to CELLS -. Here is a screen displaying what you would see if you select a cell (or group of cells) and from the FORMAT menu -. percentage.click on number. We can use : bold face. font. If we have the number 3.

Move the arrow to the right side of the column label and click and drag the mouse to the right (to make wider) or left (to make smaller). you can insert a column into an existing spreadsheet. Let up on the mouse button when the column is wide enough. Select the column (or columns) with the problem by clicking on their labels (letters). In many spreadsheets you can also change the vertical height of a row by moving the lower edge of the row title (number). Go down to COLUMN and over to WIDTH and type in a new number for the column width. 2. Here are two ways to change the column width 1. Then you choose the MENU FORMAT.A question that everyone (who has ever worked on a spreadsheet) has asked at one time or another is. If you have a spreadsheet designed and you forgot to include some important information. Notice the cursor changes to a vertical line with arrows pointing left and right. What you must do is click on the column label (letter) and choose in Columns from the Insert menu. Sometimes we (all) make mistakes or things change. "Where did all my numbers go?" or same question. . This will insert a column immediately left of the selected column. "Where did all of those ####### come from and why are they in my spreadsheet?" The problem is the number trying to be displayed in a particular cell does not have enough width to display properly. To clear up the problem we just need to make the column wider. You can do this many ways.

You can add legends. Yes. You might wonder if this will affect your referenced formulas. and change many of the display variables. The PIE Chart is usually used to look at what makes up a whole Something. For example: Cell C4 was =C3+B4 and now is =D3+B4 Likewise.As you can see from this example there was a blank column inserted into the spreadsheet. Excel has a chart program built into its main program. we can also insert rows. The formulas will be updated to their corresponding locations. Again this will insert a row before the row you have selected. There are many types of charts. You can quickly compare the numbers of two different bar charts to each other. The Chart Wizard will step you through questions that will (basically) draw the chart from the data that you have selected. The two most widely used are the bar chart and the pie chart. C3 was = C2+B3 NOW C4=C2+B4 Numbers can usually be represented quicker and to a larger audience in a picture format. If you had a pie chart of where you spent your money you could look at the percentages of dollars spent on food (or any other category). titles. With the row label (number) selected you must choose the Row from the Insert menu. . the Referenced cells are changed to their new locations. The BAR Chart is usually used to display a change (growth or decline) over a time period.

d) all of the above a) calculations can be done automatically. c) more flexibility Question 2) The intersection of a row and a column is called: a) data. Question 1) The advantage of using a spreadsheet is: b) changing data automatically updates calculations (as long as Excel is not set to calculate manually). c) a cell. Question 3) b) a field.) þÿ The following is a short Quiz over Excel. When you are typing an equation into a cell the first thing that must be entered is a) the first cell referenced c) quotation marks Question 4) Labels are used in a spreadsheet to: a) tell the computer what we are doing. d) an equation.Please type in your name?: þÿ Please type in your complete e-mail address?: (I will not give away or sell this to anyone. . b) parenthesis d) an equal sign b) help us identify the information.

If this was copied and pasted into cell D4 the resulting formula would be: A 2 3 5 4 B 4 3 =B2+A3 3 b) =D3+C3 d) none of the above C 5 4 3 4 D 5 6 8 ???????? 1 2 3 4 a) =C2+C3 c) =D3+C4 Question 8) The formula =$c$3*D3 is located in cell B1. numbers d) numbers. numbers. labels Question 7) b) equations. Question 5) The cell labeled F5 refers to d) set up the equations. what would the resulting formula be: A 1 2 3 3 5 B =$C$3*D3 3 4 C ????????? 4 3 D 6 8 .c) do the calculations. a) data. words. If this was copied and pasted into cell C1. a) row F column 5 c) functions available in cells Question 6) b) column F row 5 d) Function key F4 There are three types of data found in a spreadsheet. numbers c) words. formulas. labels The formula =B2+A3 is located in cell b3. data.

b) not too bad. d) very good. c) good.4 a) =$c$3*e3 c) =$c$3*d3 Question 9) 4 3 b) =c3*e3 d) 24 4 9 A constant is another name for this type of data: a) number Question 10) I found this to be: a) too easy. b) equation c) formula d) description .

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