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Excel for Chemists: A Comprehensive Guide, with CD-ROM, 3rd Edition



Excel for Chemists: A Comprehensive Guide, with CD-ROM, 3rd Edition

E. Joseph Billo

ISBN: 978-1-118-09393-1 November 2011 768 Pages


Reviews from previous editions:

"Excel for Chemists should be part of any academic library offering courses and programs in Chemistry."

"I highly recommend the book; treat yourself to it; assign it to a class; give it as a gift."
The Nucleus

The newly revised step-by-step guide to using the scientific calculating power of Excel to perform a variety of chemical calculations

Chemists across all subdisciplines use Excel to record data in tabular form, but few have learned to take full advantage of the program. Featuring clear step-by-step instructions, Excel for Chemists illustrates how to use the scientific calculating power of Excel to perform a variety of chemical calculations. 

Including a CD-ROM for Windows, this new edition provides chemists and students with a detailed guide to using the current versions of Excel (Excel 2007 and 2010) as well as Excel 2003.

Additional features in this third edition include:

  • How to perform a variety of chemical calculations by creating advanced spreadsheet formulas or by using Excel’s built-in tools
  • How to automate repetitive tasks by programming Excel’s Visual Basic for Applications
  • New chapters show how to import data from other language versions of Excel, and how to create automatic procedures
  • The accompanying CD contains a number of Excel macros to facilitate chemical calculations, including molecular weight, nonlinear regression statistics, and data interpolation
  • Several appendices provide extensive lists of useful shortcut keys and function descriptions
Preface to the Third Edition xxv

Before You Begin xxvii


Chapter 1 Working with Excel 2007 or Excel 2010 3

Chapter 2 Working with Excel 2003 79

Chapter 3 Excel Formulas and Functions 137

Chapter 4 Excel 2007/2010 Charts 177

Chapter 5 Excel 2003 Charts 209


Chapter 6 Advanced Worksheet Formulas 233

Chapter 7 Array Formulas 267

Chapter 8 Advanced Charting Techniques 289

Chapter 9 Using Excel's Database Features 327

Chapter 10 Importing Data into Excel 349

Chapter 11 Adding Controls to a Spreadsheet 365

Chapter 12 Other Language Versions of Excel 385


Chapter 13 Mathematical Methods for Spreadsheet Calculations 403

Chapter 14 Linear Regression and Curve Fitting 435

Chapter 15 Nonlinear Regression Using the Solver 463


Chapter 16 Visual Basic for Applications: An Introduction 491

Chapter 17 Programming with VBA 503

Chapter 18 Working with Arrays in VBA 543


Chapter 19 Command Macros 557

Chapter 20 Custom Functions 571

Chapter 21 Automatic Procedures 589

Chapter 22 Custom Menus 595

Chapter 23 Custom Toolbars and Toolbuttons 607


Appendix A What's Where in Excel 2007/2010 629

Appendix B Selected Worksheet Functions by Category 63 3

Appendix C Alphabetical List of Selected Worksheet Functions 639

Appendix D Renamed Functions in Excel 2010 661

Appendix E Selected Visual Basic Keywords by Category 663

Appendix F Alphabetical List of Selected Visual Basic Keywords 667

Appendix G Selected Excel 4 Macro Functions 689

Appendix H Shortcut Keys by Keystroke 693

Appendix I Selected Shortcut Keys by Category 703

Appendix J ASCII Codes 707

Appendix K Contents of the CD-ROM 709


  • Coverage of the current versions of Excel (2007 and 2010), along with coverage of Excel 2003

“Finally this new edition, provides chemists and students a detailed guide and examples how to apply the current versions of Excel to their needs. It should be added to the shelves of those using this program within their scientific work.”  (Materials and Corrosion, 1 November 2012)

  • Covers the current versions of Excel (Excel 2007 and 2010), as well as Excel 2003 and  many other new applications
  • Illustrates how to perform a variety of chemical calculations, from creating advanced spreadsheet formulas to using Excel's built-in tools to creating advanced macros via Excel's Visual Basic
  • Includes a CD-ROM for both Macintosh and Windows with many useful spreadsheet templates, macros, and other tools.
  • Demonstrates step-by-step how to program Excel to perform appropriate tasks, automate repetitive data processing tasks, and prepare integrated documents by transferring data and graphics.
  • Provides many shortcuts and tips on speeding, simplifying, and improving the use of Excel.
  • Contains many illustrations and examples of chemical applications, including "How-to" boxes outlining details for accomplishing complex tasks in Excel.
  • Explanations are clear and easily accessible, requiring little or no background in computer science.
  • Designed to help students in chemistry understand thhe full capacity of Excel
  • Logically ordered from basic to advanced applications