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How To Use SQRT() Function in Google Sheets


Returns the positive square root of a positive number.

Common questions about the SQRT formula:
• How does the SQRT formula work?
• What is the syntax of the SQRT formula?
• What are the arguments of the SQRT formula?

How can the SQRT formula be used appropriately?
• To determine the square root of a number in a spreadsheet cell, you should enter the SQRT formula with the desired number in parentheses.

How can the SQRT formula be commonly mistyped?
• It is most commonly mistyped when the user does not enter the number in the parentheses or uses incorrect punctuation, such as semi-colons instead of commas.

What are some common ways the SQRT formula is used inappropriately?
• Using the SQRT formula to solve for the square root of a negative number.
• Missing punctuation when entering the formula.
• Trying to use the sqrt function on a range of cells rather than an individual cell value.

What are some common pitfalls when using the SQRT formula?

• Forgetting to include the number in the parentheses.
• Not understanding the arguments required for the formula.
• Mistyping the formula.

What are common mistakes when using the SQRT Formula?
• Not enclosing the number in parentheses when entering the formula.
• Trying to use the formula on a range of cells rather than an individual cell value.
• Forgetting to use the SQRT capitalization when entering the function in the formula bar.

What are common misconceptions people might have with the SQRT Formula?
• Believing that the SQRT formula can be used to calculate square roots of negative numbers.
• Thinking that the function can be used to calculate the square root of multiple numbers at once.

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