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3.3: Google Workbook (Sheets)- Data Manipulation

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    Basic Data Maniuplation

    Copying Values


    clipboard_e9d9bc27c8360f9bd1d58c7c7c3018e6b.pngFigure \(\PageIndex{1}\): Copy and Paste Caption here. (Copyright; author via source)



    Sheet Skills

    Formulas Basics: Use formulas, reference cells


    Google Sheets has built in tools to be able to do many things in sheets called formulas. There is a full list of formulas by google sheets. We're going to start off with some of the basics then later on go more in depth.

    1. To start using a formula first select the cell you want to use
    2. Type an equals sign = to start using a formula in the cell you want to use
    3. Start to type the formula you wish to use and select it from the drop down menu
    4. You can type a number or use a cell reference, you can either type the reference (For example A2) or click the cell you are wanting to reference
    5. Finally press enter

    Simple Mathematical Functions

    Sheet Skills Video

    Simple Mathematical Functions: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Exponents, Parentheses


    You can do simple calculations using formulas. Start all formulas by typing =

    Addition +

    Subtraction -

    Multiplication *

    Division /

    Exponent ^

    Parentheses ()

    So for example if we can use the sheet to calculate the gravitational force between two objects

    Video \(\PageIndex{1}\): 1:40 Video example of how to do basic calculations in sheets ()


    Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\): Calculating the gravitational force of two objects. Formula used : =D2*((A2*B2)/C2^2) (Poirot)



    Sheet Skills Video

    Logarithms: Log and LN


    Logarithms are used in many different calculations. There is an overview on logarithms in Chapter ? that explains how logs work. In this section we are going to focus on how to use them in sheets.


    Returns the the logarithm of a number, base 10. =LOG10(value)

    This is probably what you will use most often when talking about logarithms. This function will give the logarithm of a number using base 10.


    Returns the the logarithm of a number given a base. =LOG(value, [base])

    This is used less often but can be used to return a logarithm using any other base. This function will assume base 10 unless told otherwise


    Returns the the logarithm of a number, base e (Euler's number). =LN(value)

    This function gives the natural log of a number. You can also do the natural log using LOG by entering the base as "EXP(1)"



    Video \(\PageIndex{2}\): 2:11 Video tutorial on log, ln and 1/T. (

    *Note if you are doing the Graphing lab you are using Ln(s) vs T not 1/T

    This page titled 3.3: Google Workbook (Sheets)- Data Manipulation is shared under a not declared license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Robert Belford.

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