Sunday, March 27, 2011

ABS





What Does it Do ?
This function calculates the value of a number, irrespective of whether it is positive or negative.

Syntax =ABS(CellAddress or Number)


Formatting
The result will be shown as a number, no special formatting is needed.

Example

The following table was used by a company testing a machine which cuts timber.
The machine needs to cut timber to an exact length.
Three pieces of timber were cut and then measured.
In calculating the difference between the Required Length and the Actual Length it does not matter if the wood was cut too long or short, the measurement needs to be expressed as an absolute value.

Table 1 shows the original calculations.
The Difference for Test 3 is shown as negative, which has a knock on effect
when the Error Percentage is calculated.
Whether the wood was too long or short, the percentage should still be expressed as an absolute value.


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