#### Question on "Value" function

```In trying to use Excel to help solve a mathematical puzzle, I would like to
calculate the result of applying the mathematical operator in one cell to
the numbers in two other cells.

Example:  A1 contains 2, B1 contains +, C1 contains 3.  In D1, create a
formula that will give the result of 2 + 3, i.e. 5.

I have tried (among many other attempts)
=VALUE(CONCATENATE(A1, B1, C1)), but it gives me a #VALUE! error.

What am I missing?

```
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rbosch (2)
12/30/2004 9:04:03 PM
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```Hi
this is not possible without using VBA. try the following UDF:
Public Function my_calculate(op1 As Range, operand As Range, op2 As Range)
my_calculate = Application.Evaluate("=" & op1.Value & operand.Value &
op2.Value)
End Function

=my_calculate(A1,B1,C1)

--
Regards
Frank Kabel
Frankfurt, Germany
"Renny Bosch" <rbosch@adelphia.net> schrieb im Newsbeitrag
news:e%23rFYMr7EHA.2804@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> In trying to use Excel to help solve a mathematical puzzle, I would like
> to calculate the result of applying the mathematical operator in one cell
> to the numbers in two other cells.
>
> Example:  A1 contains 2, B1 contains +, C1 contains 3.  In D1, create a
> formula that will give the result of 2 + 3, i.e. 5.
>
> I have tried (among many other attempts)
> =VALUE(CONCATENATE(A1, B1, C1)), but it gives me a #VALUE! error.
>
> What am I missing?
>

```
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frank.kabel (11126)
12/30/2004 9:13:48 PM
```Thanks Frank, I was afraid it was something like that.

Renny

"Frank Kabel" <frank.kabel@freenet.de> wrote in message
news:e\$smvRr7EHA.1408@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> Hi
> this is not possible without using VBA. try the following UDF:
> Public Function my_calculate(op1 As Range, operand As Range, op2 As Range)
> my_calculate = Application.Evaluate("=" & op1.Value & operand.Value &
> op2.Value)
> End Function
>
> =my_calculate(A1,B1,C1)
>
> --
> Regards
> Frank Kabel
> Frankfurt, Germany
> "Renny Bosch" <rbosch@adelphia.net> schrieb im Newsbeitrag
> news:e%23rFYMr7EHA.2804@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
>> In trying to use Excel to help solve a mathematical puzzle, I would like
>> to calculate the result of applying the mathematical operator in one cell
>> to the numbers in two other cells.
>>
>> Example:  A1 contains 2, B1 contains +, C1 contains 3.  In D1, create a
>> formula that will give the result of 2 + 3, i.e. 5.
>>
>> I have tried (among many other attempts)
>> =VALUE(CONCATENATE(A1, B1, C1)), but it gives me a #VALUE! error.
>>
>> What am I missing?
>>
>
>

```
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rbosch (2)
12/30/2004 9:19:51 PM
```On Thu, 30 Dec 2004 13:04:03 -0800, "Renny Bosch" <rbosch@adelphia.net> wrote:

>In trying to use Excel to help solve a mathematical puzzle, I would like to
>calculate the result of applying the mathematical operator in one cell to
>the numbers in two other cells.
>
>Example:  A1 contains 2, B1 contains +, C1 contains 3.  In D1, create a
>formula that will give the result of 2 + 3, i.e. 5.
>
>I have tried (among many other attempts)
>=VALUE(CONCATENATE(A1, B1, C1)), but it gives me a #VALUE! error.
>
>What am I missing?
>

You are missing the fact that the VALUE function does not work on strings
unless they represent a number.  In other words, it does not work on formulas,
or operators (such as the '+').

Excel does not have a built in function to do what you wish.

However, if you Google for Longre, and/or morefunc.xll, you will find the
morefunc (free) add-in which contains a function called EVAL, which can convert
a formulaic string to it's result.

However, be sure that you are concatenating strings, and not a combination of
numbers and strings.  So your formula would be something like:

=EVAL(CONCATENATE(TEXT(A1,"@"), B1, TEXT(C1,"@")))

or

=EVAL(TEXT(A1,"@")& B1 & TEXT(C1,"@"))

--ron
```
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ronrosenfeld (3122)
12/30/2004 9:22:56 PM
```You would need VBA for this, of course if it is as simple as in your example
with 2 cells and just the operand in one you can use

=CHOOSE(MATCH(B1,{"*","+","-","/"},0),A1*C1,A1+C1,A1-C1,A1/C1)

it has a function called EVAL used as

=EVAL(CONCATENATE(A1,B1,C1))

it's here

http://longre.free.fr/english/

English description here

http://www.rhdatasolutions.com/morefunc/

Regards,

Peo Sjoblom

"Renny Bosch" wrote:

> In trying to use Excel to help solve a mathematical puzzle, I would like to
> calculate the result of applying the mathematical operator in one cell to
> the numbers in two other cells.
>
> Example:  A1 contains 2, B1 contains +, C1 contains 3.  In D1, create a
> formula that will give the result of 2 + 3, i.e. 5.
>
> I have tried (among many other attempts)
> =VALUE(CONCATENATE(A1, B1, C1)), but it gives me a #VALUE! error.
>
> What am I missing?
>
>
>
```
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PeoSjoblom (789)
12/30/2004 9:25:09 PM
```> However, if you Google for Longre, and/or morefunc.xll, you will find the
> morefunc (free) add-in which contains a function called EVAL, which can convert
> a formulaic string to it's result.
>
> However, be sure that you are concatenating strings, and not a combination of
> numbers and strings.  So your formula would be something like:
>
> =EVAL(CONCATENATE(TEXT(A1,"@"), B1, TEXT(C1,"@")))
>
> or
>
> =EVAL(TEXT(A1,"@")& B1 & TEXT(C1,"@"))
>

Actually this will work with number, operand, number

=EVAL(CONCATENATE(A1,B1,C1))

Regards,

Peo Sjoblom
```
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PeoSjoblom (789)
12/30/2004 9:47:04 PM
```On Thu, 30 Dec 2004 13:47:04 -0800, "Peo Sjoblom"
<PeoSjoblom@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

>> However, if you Google for Longre, and/or morefunc.xll, you will find the
>> morefunc (free) add-in which contains a function called EVAL, which can convert
>> a formulaic string to it's result.
>>
>> However, be sure that you are concatenating strings, and not a combination of
>> numbers and strings.  So your formula would be something like:
>>
>> =EVAL(CONCATENATE(TEXT(A1,"@"), B1, TEXT(C1,"@")))
>>
>> or
>>
>> =EVAL(TEXT(A1,"@")& B1 & TEXT(C1,"@"))
>>
>
>
>Actually this will work with number, operand, number
>
>=EVAL(CONCATENATE(A1,B1,C1))
>
>Regards,
>
>Peo Sjoblom

Thanks for pointing that out.  I had tried A1:C1 and got an error.

--ron
```
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ronrosenfeld (3122)
12/31/2004 2:07:13 AM

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