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Excel for Engineers - Practice Tables II.pptx

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Excel for Engineers III Syntax issues Tables and Applications

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Step Calculations (Just a reminder!) One of the advantages of an electronic spreadsheet is the use of step calculations A complex formula can be distributed in a set of simpler "steps" Changing one element in the steps updates the entire set
Some common Excel Mistakes A brief review

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The most common of all: Failing to insert an "equals" sign ( = ) in front of a formula Consequence: Excel will not execute the calculations that you need Instead "it will assume" that you intended to insert a text string Hence, no calculations will be performed Common Excel Mistakes
Common Excel Mistakes "Regular" algebra does not work in Excel, when you want to apply a formula multiple times You can't use NAMED variables (by changing a cell address to a particular name) Once a cell has been renamed, that name will become a constant , holding a single value – and it WILL BE the first one you used If you wish to apply a formula several times, you have to use cell addresses in place of the algebraic variables The mistake, in this case, would be to use an algebraic variable name (such as " x ") in a formula Excel will not know what you're talking about!

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