In computing, a formula typically describes a calculation, such as addition, to be performed on one or more variables. A formula is often implicitly provided in the form of a computer instruction such as.
- Degrees Celsius = (5/9)*(Degrees Fahrenheit -32)
In computer spreadsheet software, a formula indicating how to compute the value of a cell, say A3, is written such as
where A1 and A2 refer to other cells (column A, row 1 or 2) within the spreadsheet. This is a shortcut for the "paper" form A3 = A1+A2 where A3 is, by convention, omitted because the result is always stored in the cell itself and would be redundant.
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