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When using Excel to calculate it does not match the calculator. Excample:

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When using Excel to calculate it does not match the calculator.
Excample: In column C I put the formula A*B, where A is 39.906
and B is $1,603.00. Excel returns $68,968.55. On a calculator it
returns $63,969.31, hence a .76 diff. How do I correct excel to
calculate as a calculator?
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What is your version of Excel?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Office Excel 2010
Please download this excel file.

I have placed A, B and result A*B in A1, B1 and C1 respectively. Do you see any difference with yours?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Yes, mine is different. Can I upload you the file?


GOLD 64.02% 40.720 98.00% 39.91 1603.00 63968.55
SILV 0.00% 0.000 90.00% 0.000 $0.00 $0.00
PLAT 0.00% 0.000 85.00% 0.000 $0.00 $0.00
PALL 0.00% 0.000 85.00% 0.000 $0.00 $0.00
It will be helpful if you can upload the file.

You can do that at and provide me with the download link.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

The problem seems to be with the calculation that results in value in PAYABLE TROY OZ (39.906). Actually the value in cell CONTENT TROY OZ when expanded to 5 decimal places is 40.71992 and thus not exactly 49.720. This is turn results in calculation

40.71992 x 0.98 = 39.90552

which when multiplied with 1603 results in 63968.55 (You can use calculator to verify this calculation).

So the conclusion is that the results of calculator and Excel are not different. It is the result of intermediate calculations that affect the final result.

I hope this explanation helps

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