Spreadsheet Exercises in Ecology and Evolution by Therese M. Donovan

By Therese M. Donovan

Each one spreadsheet workout presents an inventory of goals, heritage fabric, and annotated step-by-step directions (Windows and Macintosh) for making a version on a given subject. scholars then study how a variety of parameters impact version results and, via a suite of guided questions, are challenged to increase their version extra. within the procedure, they develop into trained with a few of the capabilities on hand on so much spreadsheet courses and learn how to write and improve their very own macros. This name can be utilized independently because the foundation of a laboratory direction, or can complement various texts. process specifications are Microsoft Excel or different spreadsheet application.

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Spreadsheet Exercises in Ecology and Evolution

Each one spreadsheet workout offers an inventory of goals, historical past fabric, and annotated step-by-step directions (Windows and Macintosh) for making a version on a given subject. scholars then research how a variety of parameters impact version results and, via a collection of guided questions, are challenged to enhance their version additional.

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Try to think through and carry out the instructions in the left-hand column before referring to the right-hand column for confirmation. It’s tempting to jump to the right hand column for the answers and explanation, but you will learn a lot more about using spreadsheet functions if you attempt it on your own. As always, save your work frequently to disk. INSTRUCTIONS ANNOTATION A. Set up the spreadsheet. 1. Open a new spreadsheet and enter headings as shown in Figure 12. A B C 1 Spreadsheet Functions and Macros 2 Individual Height (cm) 3 1 12 4 2 2 5 3 8 6 4 20 7 5 3 8 6 5 9 7 12 10 8 6 11 9 4 12 13 10 9 11 7 14 15 12 4 13 1 16 14 7 17 15 7 18 16 10 19 17 1 20 18 3 21 19 2 22 20 4 23 Figure 12 Spreadsheet Functions and Macros 41 2.

In Exercise 1, you learned about linear, exponential, and power mathematical functions. In this exercise, the “function” under discussion is quite different. Spreadsheet functions are formulae that have been written by a computer programmer to perform mathematical and other operations (see pp. 9–12). Your spreadsheet package likely has over 100 functions available for your use. These functions can make modeling easier for you, and you will use them extensively throughout this book. Standard Functions As an introduction to spreadsheet functions, let’s suppose that there are eight people in an elevator.

5. Enter formulae for the equations shown in cells C10, D10, and E10 into cells C11, D11, and E11, respectively. These should be: Cell C10: =0+5*A10 Cell D10: =10+5*A10 Cell E10: = 60-5*A10 6. Copy these formulae down their respective columns. Select cells C10–E10. Copy. Select cells C11–E19. Paste. 2 22 Exercise 1 7. Adjust the widths of columns to accommodate text and numbers. Select the column(s) to be modified. You can either open Format | Column | AutoFit Selection, or click and drag column boundaries at the top of the page to achieve the desired widths.

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