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Understanding Excel Formula Anatomy
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Formula Anatomy
Understanding Excel Formula Anatomy
When to use
Use to understand the anatomy of Excel formulas, and how to build them.
Instructions
What is a Formula?

Excel’s method to return data based on a question or equation you have provided.
Key points to remember
 Every formula starts with =
 Equations started with  will convert to =
 Equations started with + will convert to =
 Formula inputs can be:
 Numbers or text
 Ranges
 Excel Functions
 Formulas can be used to:
 Add two numbers: =1+5
 Add values in ranges: =A1+B1
 Perform more complex operations
 Mathematical formulas are always evaluated based on the order of operations:
 Brackets (Parenthesis)
 Exponents
 Multiplication and Division
 Addition and Subtraction
 Mathematical Operators
 Brackets: ( )
 Exponents: ^
 Add: +
 Subtract: 
 Multiply: *
 Divide: /
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