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Introduction > What Excel Is all About

What Excel Is all About

Excel and Word are the two powerhouses of the Microsoft Office family. While Word lets you create and edit documents, Excel specializes in letting you create, edit, and analyze data that’s organized into lists or tables. This grid-like arrangement of information is called a spreadsheet; Figure P-1 shows an example.

This spreadsheet lists nine students, each of whom has two test scores and an assignment grade. Using Excel formulas, it’s easy to calculate the final grade for each student. And with a little more effort, you can calculate averages, medians, and determine which percentile each student falls into. Chapter 8 looks at how to perform these calculations.

Figure P-1. This spreadsheet lists nine students, each of whom has two test scores and an assignment grade. Using Excel formulas, it’s easy to calculate the final grade for each student. And with a little more effort, you can calculate averages, medians, and determine which percentile each student falls into. Chapter 8 looks at how to perform these calculations.

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Excel shines when it comes to numerical data, but the program doesn’t limit you to calculations. While it has the computing muscle to analyze stacks of numbers, it’s equally useful for keeping track of the CDs in your personal music collection.


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