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Excel for Chemists: A Comprehensive Guide, 2nd Edition



Excel for Chemists: A Comprehensive Guide, 2nd Edition

E. Joseph Billo

ISBN: 978-0-471-46080-0 March 2004 483 Pages

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Reviews from the First Edition:
"Excel(r) for Chemists should be part of any academic library offering courses and programs in chemistry. There is no other book on the market that deals so thoroughly with the application of Excel for analyzing chemical data. Highly recommended, for upper-division undergraduates through professionals."-Choice
"I highly recommend this book; treat yourself to it; assign it to a class; give it as a gift."-The Nucleus
Chemists across all subdisciplines use Excel to record data in tabular form, but few have learned to take full advantage of the scientific calculating power within this program. Excel is capable of helping chemists process, analyze, and present scientific data, from the relatively simple to the highly complex. Excel(r) for Chemists, Second Edition has been revised and updated, not only to take into account the changes that were made in Excel, but also to incorporate an abundance of new examples.
Arranged in a user-friendly format, this book contains illustrations and examples of chemical applications, useful "How to" boxes outlining how to accomplish complex tasks in Excel, and step-by-step instructions for programming Excel to automate repetitive data-processing tasks. In addition, tips are provided to speed, simplify, and improve your use of Excel. Included is a CD-ROM, usable in either Macintosh or IBM/Windows environments with many helpful spreadsheet templates, macros, and other tools.
Entirely new chapters contained in this Second Edition feature:
* Array formulas covered in depth in a separate chapter, along with a comprehensive review of using arrays in VBA
* How to create a worksheet with controls, such as option buttons, check boxes, or a list box
* An extensive list of shortcut keys-over 250 for Macintosh or PC-is provided in the appendix
Whether as a text for students or as a reference for chemical professionals in industry, academia, or government, Excel(r) for Chemists, Second Edition provides a valuable resource for using Excel to manage various chemical calculations.

Preface to the First Edition.

Before You Begin.


Working with Excel.

Creating Charts: An Introduction.


Creating Advances Worksheet Formulas.

Creating Array Formulas.

Advanced Charting Techniques.

Using Excel's Database Features.

Getting Data into Excel.

Adding Controls to a Spreadsheet.


Some Mathematical Tools for Spreadsheet Calculations.

Graphical and Numerical Methods of Analysis.

Linear Regression.

Non-Linear Regression Using the Solver.


Visual Basic for Applications: An Introduction.

Programming with VBA.

Working with Arrays in VBA.

Creating Command Macros.

Creating Custom Functions.

Creating Custom Menus and Menu Bars.

Creating Custom Tools and Toolbars.


Analysis of Solution Equilibria.

Analysis of Spectrophotometric Data.

Calculation of Binding Constants.

Analysis of Kinetics Data.


Appendix A: Selected Worksheet Functions by Category.

Appendix B: Alphabetical List of Selected Worksheet Functions.

Appendix C: Selected Visual Basic Keywords by Category.

Appendix D: Alphabetical List of Selected Visual Basic Keyword.

Appendix E: Shortcut Keys for PC and Macintosh.

Appendix F: Selected Shortcut Keys by Category.

Appendix G: About the CD-ROM That Accompanies This Book.

"...designed to help chemists in industry, academia, or government make use of the full capacity of Excel." (SciTech Book News, Vol. 25, No. 3, September 2001)