simple IF statement help

jjmcnace

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I am pretty new to excel. Here is my problem. I use this IF statement in my spreadsheet.

=IF((Y11-Y9)>0,"(90*PI/180)-ARCTAN((Z11-Z9)/Y11-Y9))","(270*PI/180)-ARCTAN((Z11-Z9)/Y11-Y9))")


I want the calculated number to show up, instead of the (90*PI/180)-ARCTAN((Z11-Z9)/Y11-Y9)) to show up.

What can I do to get this to work?
 

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=IF((Y11-Y9)>0,(90*PI/180)-ARCTAN((Z11-Z9)/Y11-Y9)),(270*PI/180)-ARCTAN((Z11-Z9)/Y11-Y9)))
 
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the quotes is something that excel puts in itself. the actual phrase(90*PI/180)-ARCTAN((Z11-Z9)/Y11-Y9)) shows up instead of calculating the answer to the phrase.
 
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jjmcnace said:
the quotes is something that excel puts in itself. the actual phrase(90*PI/180)-ARCTAN((Z11-Z9)/Y11-Y9)) shows up instead of calculating the answer to the phrase.

That's because the quotes are there.

(Is ARCTAN a native XL function?)
 
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So if ATAN is the function, why are you using ARCTAN? And is ARCTAN an XL function...I couldn't find it.
 
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i'm using ATAN, this is what shows up in the formula bar. I'm not putting the " in the formula excel is doing this.

=IF((Y11-Y9)>0,"(90*PI/180)-ATAN((Z11-Z9)/Y11-Y9))","(270*PI/180)-ATAN((Z11-Z9)/Y11-Y9))")

For example in the cell I'm trying to program Y11-Y9>0 is a true statement, so I want the answer to the formula (90*PI/180)-ATAN((Z11-Z9)/Y11-Y9)) appied to the cell, not the text of the formula itself to show up.

How can I keep excel from inserting the " or is this even the problem.
 
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jjmcnace said:
i'm using ATAN, this is what shows up in the formula bar. I'm not putting the " in the formula excel is doing this.

=IF((Y11-Y9)>0,"(90*PI/180)-ATAN((Z11-Z9)/Y11-Y9))","(270*PI/180)-ATAN((Z11-Z9)/Y11-Y9))")

For example in the cell I'm trying to program Y11-Y9>0 is a true statement, so I want the answer to the formula (90*PI/180)-ATAN((Z11-Z9)/Y11-Y9)) appied to the cell, not the text of the formula itself to show up.

How can I keep excel from inserting the " or is this even the problem.

Your syntax for the PI function is not correct.

Have a look at XL Help.
It should be PI() instead of PI
 
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"Your syntax for the PI function is not correct."

...& cos it's not correct, excel assumes you're trying to enter a text string ('cos it can't be a formula - it's not syntactically correct), hence the quotes...
 
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