Excel in Science

Excel in Science – Physics, Chemistry, Biology, etc.

How is Excel used in Science? Today we’ll learn how to use Microsoft Excel in Science. Viscosity measurements of polymer solutions, for example, help us to determine molecular weights of the polymers in question. Here we have viscosity measurements of a polymer solution at different concentrations using a viscometer. Now let’s see how we can create a graph and perform calculations on this data to derive more information from our experiment.

  • First we convert the viscosity measurements into logarithmic values using the function ‘=ln(cell address containing the number)
  • Next we do an autofill to convert all the measurements into the logarithmic values.
  • Then we select the concentration values which will form the x-axis of our graph, press ‘ctrl’ from the keyboard and select the logarithmic values of the viscosity measurements which will form the y-axis of our scattered xy-graph.
  • We then click on the chart wizard, select the ‘xy-scatter’ chart and press the button ‘Press and hold to view sample’. After clicking on next twice we assign the ‘titles’ to the x and y axis.
  • We place the created chart in sheet1 and edit it so that we can view the details properly.
  • We scale the x-axis appropriately as shown in the video.
  • We then right-click on our data points in the chart and add a trendline which shows how the values deviate from the ‘exact’ straight line also called ‘residuals’.
  • We also add an equation on our chart by clicking on ‘options’ in the ‘Add trend line’ window and check ‘Display equation on chart’. You can add other interesting information also.
  • Next click in your measurement data area, select ‘tools’ from the menu bar, select ‘data analysis…’ and finally ‘regression’
  • In the ‘Regression’ window you define the various input data, confidence level,output range, residuals and residual plots by checking the appropriate as shown in the training video.
  • The statistical data and graph displayed by Excel gives the user good information

Watch the video:

Further reading:

Using Excel for Handling, Graphing, and Analyzing Scientific Data

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