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Cos: Excel Formulae Explained

##Key Takeaway:

Key Takeaway:

  • Excel formulae is a powerful tool used in data analysis to streamline work and save time. A basic understanding of Excel operators, such as addition (+) and subtraction (-), and the order of precedence, which follows the acronym PEMDAS (Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication and Division, and Addition and Subtraction), is essential to fully utilize formulae in spreadsheets.
  • Basic Excel formulae include commonly used formulas like SUM, AVERAGE, MAX, and MIN. These formulas can be combined with IF, AND, and OR formulas for decision making, and with VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP to search for specific data. Using these basic formulae can make data entry and analysis much faster and easier.
  • Advanced Excel formulae include formulas like COUNTIF and COUNTIFS, which count data based on given criteria, and SUMIF and SUMIFS, which sum up specific data based on given criteria. INDEX and MATCH formulas can also be used for advanced data search in tables.
  • Excel formulae can also manage dates by using formulas like DATE, NOW, and TODAY. The EDATE, EOMONTH, and YEARFRAC formulas can work with financial dates, while NETWORKDAYS and WORKDAY formulas can manage workdays and holidays. Text formulae such as LEFT, RIGHT, and MID can extract text, while FIND and SEARCH can search for specific text within data. CONCATENATE and TEXTJOIN formulas can also consolidate text data. Mastering Excel formulae can simplify data analysis and save valuable time.

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by Excel formulae? Don’t be intimidated – this article will explain the basics of COS() and show you how to use it! You’ll be a master of Excel functions in no time.

Understanding the basics of Excel operators

For user ease, we have composed a table. It shows each operator type, symbol, and use. Examples are included to help clarify each operator’s action.

Operator Type Operator Symbol Operator Use Example
Arithmetic operators + Addition =2+2 results in 4
Subtraction =5-2 results in 3
* Multiplication =2*3 results in 6
/ Division =10/2 results in 5
^ Exponentiation =2^3 results in 8
Comparison operators = Equal to =2=2 results in TRUE
<> Not equal to =2<>3 results in TRUE
> Greater than =3>2 results in TRUE
< Less than =2<3 results in TRUE
>= Greater than/equal to =3>=2 results in TRUE
<= Less than/equal to =2<=2 results in TRUE
Reference operators : Range =SUM(A1:A5) results in summing up the values from cell A1 to A5
Spacebar Intersection =SUM(A1:E5 B3:G3) results in summing up the common values from ranges A1 to E5 and B3 to G3
, Union =SUM(A1:A5, C1:C5) results in summing up the values from cell range A1 to A5 and C1 to C5

Using these operators correctly can lead to better Excel formulas. An expert tip is to use brackets () when multiple operators are in one formula. This is because order of precedence must be known when writing complex formulas in Excel. We will look at this more in our next passage.

Getting familiar with the order of precedence


Enclose expressions in parentheses for Excel to give them top priority. Calculate from the innermost set of parentheses outwards. Exponents (using “^” symbol) follow, then multiplication and division left to right. After that, it’s addition and subtraction (left to right). Without specifying which calculations are done first, Excel follows ‘left-to-right’ rule. Make sure data is correct before executing formulas to avoid errors. Understanding precedence rules is crucial when using powerful analytical tools. Keep things orderly to get insights from data fast and accurately! Next, we’ll look at the importance of Excel formulae in data analysis.

Importance of Excel formulae in data analysis

Excel formulae are vital for data analysis. They are the core of Excel’s functions and without them, it would be impossible to do complex calculations or analyze data quickly.

Formulae have a few benefits. Firstly, they save time and reduce mistakes. Instead of recalculating each time data changes, you can use one formula. This is great when dealing with large datasets or doing monotonous tasks.

Secondly, formulae help to ensure consistency in your data analysis. With a formula, each calculation is based on standardized formulae rather than guesses. This improves the accuracy and dependability of your analysis.

Lasty, formulae let you investigate your data in new ways. You can use them to spot trends, outliers, and patterns that raw figures may not show. This gives you a better understanding of your data so you can make smarter decisions.

It’s clear that mastering Excel formulae is key for effective data analysis. Make sure you stay up-to-date and learn the most useful Excel functions.

Now, let’s look at some basic Excel formulae for beginners.

Basic Excel Formulae

Ready to level-up your Excel skills? Mastering basic Excel formulas is key for anyone working with data. We’ll dive into common formulae like SUM, AVERAGE, MAX and MIN. We’ll explore how to create IF, AND and OR formulas for making decisions from data. Lastly, learn about VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP for searching specific data. These are essential tools to help you be more efficient with data!

Using common formulas like SUM, AVERAGE, MAX, and MIN

SUM, AVERAGE, MAX and MIN formulas can be useful when analyzing data. These functions work with powerful Excel tools like PivotTables and Charts.

For example, Mary works at an ecommerce company and tracks sales transactions on Excel. She uses SUM to calculate daily, weekly, monthly and yearly sales figures.

MAX and MIN help her identify peak and low selling seasons. In addition, IF, AND and OR formulas allow users to create conditional statements and multi-layered logic. They make sure multiple conditions must be met before an action takes place.

Building IF, AND, and OR formulas for decision making

To use IF functions in Excel, first determine the criteria that need to be met. For instance: “sales above $1000” or “employee in department A”. Then, use the IF formula to decide true or false based on the criteria. For example: =IF(Sales>1000, “Yes”, “No”).

If multiple criteria are necessary, use the AND formula to combine them, like: =IF(AND(Sales>1000, Department=”A”), “Yes”, “No”).

On the other hand, if only one of several criteria needs to be met, use the OR formula, such as: =IF(OR(Sales>1000, Sales<500), “Yes”, “No”).

Remember to close the formula with parentheses!

Using IF formulae can make quick decisions and reduce human errors in data entry, as the calculations update automatically based on input data. For extra advanced decision making, try nesting IF formulas inside each other.

Lastly, to search for specific data, use VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP.

Using VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP to search for specific data


Column A Column B Column C
Apples 25 50
Bananas 30 45
Mangoes 40 60

VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP are two amazing formulae in Excel. They let you search data quickly inside a table. VLOOKUP searches in the first column, and HLOOKUP searches in the first row.

Using VLOOKUP or HLOOKUP, you can get specific info from large datasets. For example, you have a table with fruit names, their quantities, and prices. With VLOOKUP or HLOOKUP, you can look up the price of apples or bananas without going through each line.

These formulae save time, and you can avoid errors. By specifying parameters, you can create accurate results quickly. To use these tools better, practice with small datasets before moving on to larger ones. Also, combine them with other Excel functions like IF or SUMIFS. Make sure your table has unique identifiers for each entry.

Advanced Excel Formulae

Advanced Excel Formulae

Love Excel? Want to up your game? Let’s delve into advanced formulae! We’ll explore COUNTIF and COUNTIFS. These will help you filter and count data based on criteria. We’ll also learn how to use SUMIF and SUMIFS. They will help you accurately sum data. Finally, INDEX and MATCH are super useful when working with tables. Searching for specific data will be a breeze! Get ready – time to get started!

Applying COUNTIF and COUNTIFS to count data based on given criteria

Choose the range of cells to count with COUNTIF. Specify the criteria with logical operators like “>”, “<“, “=”, or “<>”. For example, use “=COUNTIF(A1:A10,>5)” to count all cells in the range A1:A10 that are greater than 5. Press enter and view the result.

COUNTIFS works similarly, but allows more than one criterion for counting. For example, “=COUNTIFS(A1:A10,>5,A1:A10,<10)” will count all cells in the range A1:A10 that are both greater than 5 and less than 10.

COUNTIF and COUNTIFS can save time when analyzing data, especially for large amounts. It helps identify patterns and trends in data. Use the REMOVE DUPLICATES option under Data tools from Tools within the Data tab, to remove duplicates before applying COUNTIF or COUNTIFS functions.

SUMIF and SUMIFS also help sum up specific data based on given criteria. This is helpful when working with large amounts of data, as it allows adding up values that meet specific criteria.

Using SUMIF and SUMIFS to sum up specific data based on given criteria

Select the cell you want your formula to appear in. Type “SUMIF” or “SUMIFS” into the formula bar and add an open bracket. Select the range of cells containing your values.

Then add a comma and specify the criteria using comparison operators. Close the bracket and press enter. Your sum will appear in the selected cell.

SUMIF and SUMIFS are great for big data-sets. You can quickly extract the info you need instead of manually sorting through thousands of lines.

Make sure your criteria is precise. For example, if you’re looking for sales figures for a particular month, be specific and don’t accidentally include other months.

Finally, let’s look at how INDEX and MATCH can be used to search for data within tables.

Using INDEX and MATCH to search for specific data in tables

  1. Step 1: Identify the lookup value that needs to be searched in the table. This can be one cell or a mix of cells. Example: A1 is where the lookup value is specified as “Product Name”.
  2. Step 2: Decide the table range where you want to find the result you seek. For example: Our table ranges from column A to D, with Product ID, Product Name, Price, and Quantity as the headers.
  3. Step 3: Use this formula: =INDEX(Table array,MATCH(lookup_value,Lookup Array ,Match Type)) For instance: =INDEX(A:D,MATCH(A1,B:B,0),2)

INDEX and MATCH are both important functions. INDEX returns the value of a cell, depending on row and column numbers from an array. On the other hand, MATCH returns the address of data within a range.

So, when these two formulae are used together, it eases the process of finding information from huge databases. It is also helpful in avoiding errors that could come up during manual searches. Excel users can save time and effort by making use of these two formulae.

Managing Dates with Excel Formulae

Microsoft Excel is a powerful tool for managing financial and data-driven tasks. It has a key advantage: working with date and time data quickly. In this article, I’ll discuss how to use Excel formulae to manage dates.

First, I’ll explain the DATE, NOW, and TODAY formulae that help calculate dates quickly. Then, I’ll go over the EDATE, EOMONTH, and YEARFRAC formulae for working with financial dates. Lastly, I’ll explain how to use NETWORKDAYS and WORKDAY formulas to manage workdays and holidays smartly.

Calculating dates using DATE, NOW, and TODAY formulas

Open Excel and select the cell you want to insert the date in. Type ‘Date’ in the cell. In the next cell, type ‘Month’. In the third column, type ‘Day’. Then use this formula: =DATE(YYYY, MM, DD). To retrieve today’s date in any given cell, use either of these two formulas: =NOW() or =TODAY().

You can also manipulate dates like numbers with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Remember: Excel stores date values as whole numbers since January 1, 1900. Subtracting one date from another will result in the number of elapsed days between them. Use EDATE, EOMONTH, and YEARFRAC to work with financial dates. This allows users to determine interest rates charges on loans or other forms of financing.

Using EDATE, EOMONTH, and YEARFRAC to work with financial dates

The EDATE function can be used to add or subtract months from a date. For instance, enter =EDATE("01/01/2021",6) in a cell and Excel will give you 1st July 2021 – six months after the 1st of January 2021.

EOMONTH can be used to find the last day of a month for a given date. For example, =EOMONTH("01/31/2022",0). Excel will return 28th February 2022.

YEARFRAC is great for calculating the fraction of a year between two dates. Enter =YEARFRAC(A1,B1) to get the amount of interest earned over a number of years – this is helpful for loans and investments with annual interest rates.

I once used YEARFRAC to calculate interest on an investment over five years. It was easy to calculate how much interest I was owed each year based on my investment amount!

Finally, Excel also provides functions like NETWORKDAYS and WORKDAY to calculate workdays and holidays. We’ll explore these functions in the next section – ‘Managing workdays and holidays using NETWORKDAYS and WORKDAY formulas‘.

Managing workdays and holidays using NETWORKDAYS and WORKDAY formulas

The table below shows how NETWORKDAYS formula works in Excel.

Start Date End Date No of days
6/1/2022 6/7/2022 =NETWORKDAYS(A2,B2)

This example calculates workdays between June 1st, 2022 and June 7th, 2022.

The output is ‘5‘ as June 5th and June 6th are weekends.

You can add holidays to the calculation by creating a separate list of holidays in Excel. The WORKDAY function also helps manage workdays. It calculates the date n working days after or before a given date. For example,


gives you the date ten working days from June 1st, which is June 15th, 2022.

These formulas help keep track of business days while excluding non-working days. Create custom lists for weekends or use dynamic ranges for more accurate results.

Next, we will discuss various text functions Excel provides for managing data more effectively.

Text Formulae for Advanced Data Management

Managing data in Excel? Text formulae are your secret weapon! With just a few of these, you can easily extract, search and consolidate text data.

Let’s explore the most commonly used text formulae. We’ll learn how to use LEFT, RIGHT, and MID to extract info. We’ll also show you FIND and SEARCH for locating text strings. Finally, CONCATENATE and TEXTJOIN will help you combine and consolidate text data.

Ready to take your data management skills to a new level? Let’s go!

Working with LEFT, RIGHT, and MID formulas to extract text

To use the LEFT formula, select a cell and type =LEFT(CellReference, NumberOfCharacters). Replace “CellReference” with the address of the cell which has the text. Replace “NumberOfCharacters” with the number of characters you want.

For the RIGHT formula, follow the same steps but replace “LEFT” with “RIGHT”.

To use MID, replace “LEFT” with “MID” and add two additional parameters: starting_position and length.

You can combine these formulas with other functions. Just add them in parentheses after the original formula.

Remember that the changes won’t be permanent until you copy and paste as values.

Practice regularly to become proficient in this area. It will help you get more insight from large datasets.

Now let’s learn about ‘Using FIND and SEARCH to search for specific text within data’.

Using FIND and SEARCH to search for specific text within data

When using FIND and SEARCH, remember these four points:

  1. Capitalization does not matter – both functions are case-insensitive.
  2. The results are the same, but different wildcard characters may be treated differently.
  3. IF formulas can be used to automate complex search tasks.
  4. LEFT or RIGHT can be combined to extract part of the target string.

To make searching easier, it’s useful to narrow down parameters. This could include using wildcards or adding more precise search terms.

Creating a new column with FIND/SEARCH to extract only desired text is helpful. This saves time and is easier to manage.

Next, we’ll look at how CONCATENATE and TEXTJOIN can consolidate text.

Consolidating text data using CONCATENATE and TEXTJOIN formulas

The CONCATENATE formula can join two or more pieces of text. It’s useful for combining first and last names in one cell. If you don’t want to use the formula, an ampersand symbol (&) can do the same job.

The TEXTJOIN formula, available in Excel 2016, lets you combine strings from multiple cells with more control. You can also choose a delimiter, like a comma or space, to separate merged values. Plus, it has an option to ignore empty cells.

Working with large amounts of data? Wildcards (*) can save time and effort.

Let’s say you’re managing a project with a spreadsheet of names, departments, tasks and deadlines. You can CONCATENATE or & to merge names. Then, add tasks and deadlines with a comma or on the same cell. But, if many people share the same task, use TEXTJOIN to list all their names with the task and deadline.

Be aware though: these formulas may not work with text strings over a certain length. Test your formulae on small sections of data to make sure they match expectations before applying them to a whole spreadsheet.

Five Facts About COS: Excel Formulae Explained:

  • ✅ COS is a function in Excel that calculates the cosine of a given angle in radians. (Source: Excel Easy)
  • ✅ The COS function is part of the “Math and Trig” category in Excel. (Source: Microsoft Excel)
  • ✅ The syntax for the COS function is “=COS(number)” where number is the angle in radians. (Source: Exceljet)
  • ✅ The COS function can be used in various applications, such as physics, engineering, and finance. (Source: Guru99)
  • ✅ The COS function can also be combined with other functions, such as SIN and TAN, to perform more complex calculations. (Source: Excel Campus)

FAQs about Cos: Excel Formulae Explained

What is COS: Excel Formulae Explained?

COS: Excel Formulae Explained is a guide that explains the formulas in Microsoft Excel, particularly the ones related to trigonometry functions like cosine (COS).

What is the importance of trigonometric functions like COS in Excel?

Trigonometric functions like COS are essential in Excel for various applications such as engineering, physics, astronomy, and other fields that deal with angles and rotations. These functions can perform complex calculations based on angles and reference points and yield accurate results.

What is the syntax for the COS function in Excel?

The syntax for the COS function in Excel is =COS(number), where the ‘number’ parameter represents the angle in radians for which the cosine value is required.

Can the COS function in Excel be used for angles in degrees?

The COS function in Excel requires angles to be in radians. However, you can convert degrees to radians using the formula =PI()/180*degree_angle and then use the result as the argument for the COS function.

What are some other trigonometric functions available in Excel?

Aside from COS, Excel also offers other trigonometric functions such as SIN (sine), TAN (tangent), CSC (cosecant), SEC (secant), and COT (cotangent).

Are there any Excel add-ins or plugins available for advanced trigonometric functions?

Yes, there are several Excel add-ins available that offer advanced trigonometric functions, including add-ins from Microsoft and third-party developers. These add-ins can provide more functionality and features beyond what is available in the default Excel functions.