Formulas explained

OK, folks. Who here loves spreadsheets as much as I do? Anyone? Anyone at all?

Alright, I get it. Spreadsheets can be a bit dry and boring. But you know what can make them exciting? Formulas!

Yes, formulas. Those magical little equations that can do all sorts of cool things in Google Sheets (or any other spreadsheet program, for that matter).

Now, I know what some of you might be thinking. "But formulas are so complicated! I could never understand them!"

Well, fear not, my friends. Today, I'm going to give you a little crash course on some of the most useful formulas in Google Sheets. And don't worry, I'll keep it easy to understand (and maybe even a little bit fun).

Before we dive into some specific formulas, let's go over some basics.

First of all, when you want to use a formula in Google Sheets, you need to start a cell with the equals sign (=). This tells the program that you're about to enter an equation.

Once you've done that, you can start typing in your formula. There are a ton of different formulas you can use, but I'm going to focus on three key ones today: SUM, AVERAGE, and COUNT.

Let's start with SUM. This handy little formula allows you to add up a range of cells. For example, let's say you have a spreadsheet with a bunch of numbers in it, and you want to find the total.

All you have to do is start a cell with an equals sign (=), type "SUM(", and then select the range of cells you want to add up. For example, if your numbers are in cells A2 through A10, you would enter "SUM(A2:A10)".

Google Sheets will automatically add up all of the numbers in that range and display the result in the cell.

Next up is AVERAGE. This formula does exactly what you'd expect: it finds the average of a range of cells.

So, let's say you have a list of test scores and you want to find the average. Just start a cell with an equals sign, type "AVERAGE(", and select the range of cells you want to average.

For example, if your test scores are in cells B2 through B10, you would enter "AVERAGE(B2:B10)". Google Sheets will give you the average of those scores in the cell.

Finally, we have COUNT. This formula allows you to count how many cells in a range contain numbers (or text, if you prefer).

Let's say you have a spreadsheet with a bunch of students' grades, and you want to know how many of them got an A. Just start a cell with an equals sign, type "COUNT(", and then select the range of cells you want to count.

For example, if your grades are in cells C2 through C20, you would enter "COUNT(C2:C20)". Google Sheets will tell you how many of those cells contain a value.

Now that you know the basics of these three formulas, you can start using them together to do some really cool things.

For example, let's say you have a spreadsheet that tracks your expenses, and you want to know how much you spent on groceries last month. You could use the SUM formula to add up all of the grocery expenses for the month, and then use the AVERAGE formula to find out how much you spent per week.

Or, let's say you have a list of names, and you want to know how many of them start with the letter "A". You could use the COUNT formula to count how many cells start with "A".

So, there you have it: a quick introduction to some of the most useful formulas in Google Sheets. Whether you're tracking your finances, keeping a list of grades, or just playing around with some numbers, formulas can help you get the most out of your spreadsheets.

And don't worry if you don't get it right away. Formulas can be a bit tricky at first, but with a little practice, you'll be a formula master in no time.

So go forth, my friends, and compute!