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Average number

Excel offers some great features to work with numbers. Averaging numbers is one such task. The AVERAGE function can average numbers, taking up to 255 arguments individually. This allows it to work on large databases. In this tutorial, we will learn how to average numbers in Excel.

Figure 1. Example of how to Average Numbers

Formula

=AVERAGE(range)

Process

This formula works in a very straightforward way. The AVERAGE function is automatic. It takes the only argument range. Here, we will provide a range of cells, Excel will average the numbers and return the result. If the cells are non-adjacent, we can provide individual cell references in the format =AVERAGE (num1, [num2]...).

Setting up Data

The following data set contains a student information data. Column A, B and C has the name, ID and ages of the students.

Figure 2. The Sample Data Set

To get the average age in column E, we need to:

  • Go to cell E4.
  • Assign the formula =AVERAGE(C2:C6) to E4.
  • Press Enter.

This will average the age and return the result 9 to E4.

Figure 3. Applying the Formula

Notes

  1. Average does not count the blank cells and text included in the database.
  2. It includes zero values.
  3. Average can take numbers in any form, i.e. array or range from.

The AVERAGE function is a great way to quickly average numbers in Excel. It offers great flexibility to the users. Working with large databases are made very simple by AVERAGE.  

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On the Grade Average worksheet, select G7 and type "Average." In cell G8, use a formula to generate the average of the contents in Cells B8:F8. Use the fill handle to populate your results through G10. The syntax for the Excel Average function is the following: AVERAGE(argument1, [argument2],...). Arguments can be numbers, named ranges, cell references that contain numbers, or arrays. Select Cell A12, and enter "Class Average." Use a formula to generate the average of IP Assignment 1 in cell B12. Use the fill across handle to populate your results of averaging the other assignments to F12
Solved by Z. A. in 40 mins
I need help calculating average time elapsed. It is in dd:hh:mm:ss text format and so I can't calculate using =AVERAGEIF
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I contacted you yesterdaya bout how to use the =AVERAGE function, and for real numbers it works fine, but I tried to get the expert to explain to me how to use the =AVERAGE function when the cells have formulas in them that generate '0' value, so the AVERAGE function would ignore these cells in the averaging method, but got no answer. So, I need to know how use the =AVERAGE function so that when there are formulas in the selected cells to average, that EXCEL would ignore those cells like they have real numbers in them, which seems to work fine. Please advise...
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I need an IF formula where, IF there is a manual adjustment in a whole column of 100% values (say someone changes one to 90%) would say "Yes" or "No". Tried to solve this with =IF(AVERAGE(...)=100%, "No", "Yes") but it is kind of sloppy).
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IF(AVERAGE(C6+E6+G6)>=5000,TRUE,FALSE) I am using AND function and it is not giving me the correct answer
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