**Writing the Formula**

Writing Excel formulas is a little different than the way it is done in math class.

Excel formulas starts with the equal sign ( = ) rather than ending with it.

The equal sign always goes in the cell where you want the formula answer to appear.

The equal sign informs Excel that what follows is part of a formula, and not just a name or a number.

Excel formulas look like this:=3 + 2

rather than:3 + 2 =