Although you can go a long way with simple formulas, it is also possible to build extremely powerful formulas. The topics in this chapter explain the finer points of formula operators, date math, and how Excel distinguishes between cutting and copying cells referenced in formulas.

Excel offers the mathematical operators shown in Table 9.1.

**Table 9.1. Mathematical Operators**

When a formula contains many calculations, Excel evaluates the formula in a certain order. Rather than calculating from left to right as a calculator might, Excel performs certain types of calculations, such ...

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