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How To Use SUMSQ() Function in Google Sheets


Returns the sum of the squares of a series of numbers and/or cells.

Common questions about the SUMSQ formula:
- What does the SUMSQ formula do?
- What are the syntax requirements for the SUMSQ formula?
- How can I use SUMSQ to sum the squares of a range of cells?
- How can I use SUMSQ to sum multiple cells within a range?

How can the SUMSQ formula be used appropriately:
- The SUMSQ formula can be used to add up the squares of a range of cells.
- To use the formula correctly, the syntax should follow the pattern SUMSQ(cell_range).
- This formula is useful when calculating statistics such as population variance and standard deviation.

How can the SUMSQ formula be commonly mistyped:
- The formula can be mistyped as SUMSQUE, SUMQUE, SUMSQU, or SUMQ.
- If the syntax of the formula is incorrect, you may receive an #NAME? error.

What are some common ways the SUMSQ formula is used inappropriately:
- Adding up the squares of a range of cells when the SUM formula is more appropriate.
- Using SUMSQ when you should actually be using SUM.
- Not correctly referencing the cell range when calculating the sums.

What are some common pitfalls when using the SUMSQ formula:
- Accidentally passing a single cell reference rather than a range of cells.
- Forgetting to add parenthesis to the argument of the formula (SUMSQ(cell_range)).
- Not considering mixed data types within the range of cells you’re passing to the formula.

What are common mistakes when using the SUMSQ Formula:
- Not including a comma in between two cell references passed to the formula.
- Passing a range of cells that isn't an exact square to the formula, as this won't return the expected result.
- Forgetting to use the $ symbol to lock a column or row when referencing a range in a formula.

What are common misconceptions people might have with the SUMSQ Formula:
- Thinking the SUMSQ formula works the same as the SUM formula, when in fact they are two different formulas. 
- Believing that the SUMSQ formula will return the sum of the cells in the range when it actually returns the sum of the squares of the cells in the range. 
- Thinking that the SUMSQ formula only works with numerical values, when it can in fact work with other data types.

How To Actually Use SUMSQ() in Sheets

SUMSQ(value1, [value2, ...])

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