QUOTIENT Function in Excel (Table of Contents)
Quotient in Excel
In Microsoft Excel QUOTIENT is a built-in function which is mostly used in the mathematical formulation which normally returns the integer portion of the division where we need to have both numerator and denominator to apply it.
Difference between Division Operator and QUOTIENT Function in excel
In excel commonly we use the division operator forward slash (/) where this division operator returns the same QUOTIENT when there is a reminder after division number, this divide sign forward slash(/) returns the decimal number whereas the QUOTIENT function returns only the integer part and not the decimal number. For example 1055/190 we will get the output as 5.553 whereas if we use the same number by applying Quotient function =QUOTIENT (1055, 190) we will get the output as 5.
In Microsoft excel QUOTIENT built-in function is categorized under the MATH/ TRIG group where we can find it under the formula menu which is shown below.
QUOTIENT Formula in Excel
Below is the QUOTIENT Formula in Excel :
The QUOTIENT formula in excel has two arguments:
- Numerator: This is dividend with an integer value.
- Denominator: This is a divisor with an integer value.
How to Use QUOTIENT Function in Excel?
QUOTIENT in Excel is very simple and easy to use. Let’s understand the working of QUOTIENT in Excel by some QUOTIENT Formula example.
Example #1 – Using the QUOTIENT Function
In this example, we will see how to apply QUOTIENT function in excel by using the simple numbers.
Consider the below example which shows some random numbers which are shown below.
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Now we are going to apply the QUOTIENT function in excel by following the below steps.
- First, click on the cell name QUOTIENT on column C2.
- Apply the QUOTIENT formula as shown below =QUOTIENT (A2,B2) where A2 is numerator and B2 is the denominator.
- In the below screenshot we have selected the column A2 and B2 which mean A2/B2 which will give the output as 4 which is shown below.
- Drag down the formula to all the cells so that we will get the below output result as follows.
In the above result, we can see that we got the QUOTIENT for the above-mentioned numbers where we can check it manually by applying the forward slash (/) formula as =A2/B2 which will give us the same output.
Example #2 – Using Division operator (/) and Quotient function
In this example, we will see the difference of the division operator and QUOTIENT function in Excel with the below examples. Consider the below example which shows a number of candy’s and children where we need to calculate how many candies each child will get.
We will use both the division operator and the QUOTIENT function to find out the exact result in excel by following the below result.
- First, select the cell C2.
- Apply the division formula as =A2/B2.
- Here we used the division operator as A2/B2 which means 1055/190 which will give us the output as 5.553 in decimal places as shown in the below screenshot.
- Now drag down the formula for all the cells so that we will get the output as follows.
Here in the above result, we can see that division operator calculated the result with decimal places because when there is a reminder after division number, this divide sign forward slash (/) returns the decimal number where it will create a big confusion that how much candy’s exactly each child will get. To clear this confusion we can apply the QUOTIENT function in excel by following the below steps.
- First, select the cell D2.
- Apply the QUOTIENT function as =QUOTIENT(A2,B2)
- Here in the above screenshot, we have used Candy as the numerator and Children as the denominator as =QUOTIENT(1055,190) which will give us the output of integer value 5 which is shown below.
- Now drag down the QUOTIENT formula for all the cells to get the exact output which is shown as the result in the below screenshot.
In the above screenshot, we can see the difference between the division operator which shows the result in decimal places whereas the QUOTIENT function return on the integer value.
Now we can come to the conclusion that each child will get how many candies. For example, let’s take the first figure 1055 candy’s and 190 children, So out of 190 children each child will get 5 candies with the appropriate result.
Example #3 -Using QUOTIENT Function to return integer portion
In this example, we are going to see how the QUOTIENT function works in excel if we supply any blank value or string in the function.
Let’s consider the below example which shows random numbers which are shown below.
Now we can see that column B contains integer values and also some special characters. Let’s apply the QUOTIENT function in Excel to check the result by following the below steps.
- First, select the cell C2.
- Apply the QUOTIENT formula as =QUOTIENT(A2,B2).
- Here we have applied QUOTIENT function as 15o as the numerator and 5 as the denominator which will return the QUOTIENT of 30 which is shown below.
- Now drag down the QUOTIENT formula to all the cells so that we will get the below output as follows.
In the above screenshot we can see that DIV error in column C5 because if the supplied arguments is not an integer value then the QUOTIENT function will return a DIV error and the same thing happens in the above result because the denominator is zero (0) and next to that we can see that we got VALUE error in C6 Column because the supplied argument is not an integer and it contains special characters that the reason QUOTIENT function has returned VALUE error in the above result.
We can get rid of the above-mentioned errors by using the if statement in QUOTIENT Excel function by applying the below formula:
In the above formula, we have applied if statement along with ISERROR function which will check if the value is an error (#N/A, #VALUE,#DIV/0,#NUM) and return TRUE or FALSE.
In the above formula, we have used the QUOTIENT inside the ISERROR which will check for errors if found any and will return the blank output because we applied double quotes after the QUOTIENT function to return blank output. Hence wherever there is an error we will get a blank output.
- Now let’s apply the same formula in the above example which is shown below.
- The Result will be as shown below:
- Now drag down the formula to all the cells so that we will get the below output. In the below result we can see that after applying the formula we have not received the DIV and VALUE error which is shown below.
Things to Remember About QUOTIENT in Excel
- QUOTIENT built-in function in excel will return an #DIV/0! Error if the supplied denominator value is blank.
- While using QUOTIENT in Excel make sure that we are using only integer values.
- In QUOTIENT Excel function, if the supplied value is not an integer value .i .e if we apply string QUOTIENT function it will throw a #VALUE! Value error.
This has been a guide to QUOTIENT in Excel. Here we discuss the QUOTIENT Formula and how to use QUOTIENT Function in Excel with examples and downloadable excel template. You may also look at these useful functions in excel –