DEGREES: Excel Formulas Explained

Are you tired of spending countless hours trying to figure out Excel? Have you ever been in a spreadsheet situation where you’re not sure if the degrees formula will solve your problem? No need to fear, as I am here to explain DEGREES and how to utilize it effectively.

First of all, what is DEGREES? It is an Excel formula that converts radians into degrees. If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking, “What the heck is a radian?”, and that’s a valid question. A radian is a unit of measurement that measures angles. A full circle has 360 degrees and 2π radians. It’s a fancy way of measuring angles and it confuses me too sometimes!

So, why would you need to use DEGREES? You may want to use it when you have an angle measurement in radians, but you want to display it in degrees. Or perhaps you have a formula that uses radians but you prefer to work with degrees. Whatever situation you may be in, DEGREES is here to help.

Now, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of how to use this formula. It’s actually quite simple. All you need to do is enter the value of the angle, in radians, that you want to convert. The formula then takes over and converts it to degrees. Here’s an example:


Let's say cell A2 contains a value of 2.5 radians. The formula will convert it to degrees, which would equal approximately 143 degrees.

One thing to keep in mind is that this formula only works for angles measured in radians. If you try to use it for angles measured in degrees, it will give you incorrect results. For degrees to radians conversion, you should use the formula RADIANS.

Another important point to note is that DEGREES does not change the original angle measurement in radians. It simply converts it to degrees and displays the result. If you want to change the original measurement, you’ll need to use another formula, such as RADIANS or CONVERT.

Here’s an example to show the difference:


The above formula will convert the value in cell A2 from radians to degrees and display the result. However, it will not change the original value in A2. If you want to change the original value, you would need to use the RADIANS formula, like this:


This formula will convert the value in cell A2 from degrees to radians. The original value in A2 will be changed to the new measurement.

Now that you understand how DEGREES works, you can use it in multiple ways. For example, you can use it to convert angles for trigonometry problems, map chart data, and even basic geometry. It’s a versatile formula that can save you time and make your Excel experience much easier.

In conclusion, for any new Excel user, the DEGREES formula may be unfamiliar, but it can be a powerful tool. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll wonder how you ever did without it.

So, the next time you’re in an Excel spreadsheet and come across a measurement in radians that needs to be converted, just remember that DEGREES is here to help. Don’t let unfamiliar formulas or measurements stress you out – just take a breath and use DEGREES!

Now, go ahead and try it out. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can convert angles from radians to degrees with just a few simple clicks!

Happy Excel-ing!

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