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Three Apple Consumption Graphs

A Better Calculator

A spreadsheet is simply a better calculator!

Is it the best calculator for the job 100% of the time? Not quite. BUT, it is definitely the best calculator approximately 93.24% of the time.

I would know. I calculated this number using a spreadsheet – the best calculator out there.

Yes…There Are Other Calculators

Of course, there are many different calculators available that you can use to calculate all sorts of things.

  • You can use those old school calculators that are powered by solar cells
  • You can use that $200.00 calculator you had to buy for your college math classes
  • You can even jump online and google search a specific calculator you are using for.

There are definitely a lot of calculators out there, and they are all pretty awesome in their own right.

However…

A spreadsheet is probably the most versatile, most powerful, and most useful calculator all in one single package. And what’s even more amazing than that – you can turn a spreadsheet into almost any calculator you can imagine.

Let Me Give You an Example

Let’s say you want to calculate the number of apples you happened to eat this past year.

Even more than that, you’d like to know which days of the week are your most popular apple days, and you would even like to know your weekly average for apple consumption.

Now I’m not sure why anyone would want to know this much detail about their apple eating habits, but I am sure it would be hard to find a pre-made apple consumption calculator out on the internet or at your local Wal-Mart.

The good news is, you can make one with a spreadsheet. You just need little creativity and the next thing you know, you’ve got yourself an apple consumption calculator tailored just the way you like it.

Four Apple Graphs

But Wait…There’s More

Customization is not the only benefit of using a spreadsheet.

What really makes a spreadsheet powerful is the ability to store lots of data and pre-calculated results, all while performing more calculations.

If you were to use a traditional calculator to solve a problem that required 6 different calculation steps and required the use of 3 different sets of results, you’d need pen and paper just to keep up.

With a spreadsheet however, you can track everything right there in your calculator workspace. No need to retype a number or perform a calculation more than once. A spreadsheet can save you tons of time and a lot of headache.

And One Last Thing

There is one more really powerful aspect of spreadsheets that I want to mention.

In a spreadsheet, you can write your own formulas and functions once and then use them over and over again as much as you want. That’s not even considering all of the built-in functions that come with a spreadsheet right out of the box.

For example, you can write up your apple calculation algorithms once and then apply them to bananas, oranges, pineapples, and any other fruit you can think of.

You certainly can’t do that with your $200.00 college calculator, but with a spreadsheet, it’s a breeze!

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