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Carrying out calculations on Labstep

Step-by-step guide on how to carry out calculations using Tables (spreadsheets) available on Labstep

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Written by Anoä Calpas
Updated over a week ago

Now that you know how to use Tables on Labstep, learn how you can carry out calculations easily and efficiently. For more advanced calculations, click here.

Calculation basics:

How to enter a formula or function

  1. Navigate to the table of your choice

  2. Select a cell

  3. Enter = (equals) in a cell

  4. Type the needed formula or function

  5. Select the cell(s) of your choice

  6. Press 'Enter'

A GIF showing how to calculate the average of some selected cells

Arithmetic operators

+ → addition – e.g. =D3+C9

- → subtraction – e.g. =C6-B3

* → multiplication – e.g. =F4*B8

/ → division – e.g. =G2/A5

% → percentage – e.g. =B7%

^ → exponentiation – e.g. =H9^2

Comparison operators

> → greater than – e.g. =A6>A9

< → less than – e.g. =B7<J11

>= → greater than equal to – e.g. =C20>=A5

<= → less than equal to – e.g. =D9<=E2

= → equal to – e.g. =B3=B6

<> → not equal to – e.g. =A8<>G1

Basic Functions

SUM → adds the values of the selected cells

AVERAGE → finds the average value of the selected cells

COUNT → counts how many of the selected cells have numbers in them

CONCATENATE → combines the content of the selected cells

MIN → finds the smallest value of all the selected cells

MAX → finds the largest value of all the selected cells

Labstep team tip: If you have to select multiple cells, you can simply enter the first and last cell you need separated by a colon. This will include all the cells between the two cells of reference, including them. E.g. =SUM(D3:D96)

Cell references basics

Reference operators

, → union, combines multiple references into one reference – e.g. =A1,J12

: → range, all cells between two referenced cells, including the two cells – e.g. =C2:F4

@ → reference, indicates implicit intersection in the formula – e.g. =@A1:D10

Absolute references

=C2 → the relative reference of cell C2

=$C2 → the column is absolute and the row relative

=C$2 → the row is absolute and the column relative

=$C$2 → absolute reference of cell C2

All done? To learn how to use cell references on Labstep, click here.

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