LibreOffice Calc is a robust spreadsheet program used for calculations, pre-defined functions that enable users to create budgets, track investments, invoices, inventory tracking, statistical analysis, numerical modeling, address books, printing labels, and much more.
The term spreadsheet was derived from a large piece of paper that accountants used for business finances. The accountant would spread information like costs, payments, taxes, income, etc out on a single, oversized sheet of paper to get a complete financial overview.
Some examples of how spreadsheets are used today:
- Spreadsheets act like a calculator by automatically doing calculations.
- Spreadsheets are used for tracking personal investments, budgeting, invoices, inventory tracking, statistical analysis, numerical modeling, address books, telephone books, printing labels, etc.
- They are used in almost every profession to calculate, graph, analyze and store information.
- They're also used for What-if calculations. Change one number in a spreadsheet and all the calculations in a large spreadsheet will re-calculate, will automatically change.
While PALCS does not often require students to make spreadsheets, we use LibreOffice Calc as our default spreadsheet program. The program is comparable to Microsoft Excel. LibreOffice can open and save Microsoft Excel files.
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