# Math equation within a IF formula??

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edited 09/03/20

Good afternoon community,

I have a simple formula that works successfully:

"=([Actual Cost]@row - [Estimate Cost]@row) / [Estimate Cost]@row)"

I was wondering how I can implement this formula within an IF formula? For example, I would like this formula to be ran if Project Category is "A", otherwise return "N/A". So the formula I wrote was:

"=IF([Project Category]@row = "A", ([Actual Cost]@row - [Estimate Cost]@row) / [Estimate Cost]@row), "N/A"))"

The IF formula works fine without the formula ("=IF([Project Category]@row = "A", "True", "N/A"))", but when I combine it, it's #UNPARSEABLE

Any help is appreciated, thank you in advance.

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Hi @Sean Huynh,

I can see that you marked David's response as not answering your question, so here's an example of what he explained typed out:

=IF([Project Category]@row = "A", (([Actual Cost]@row - [Estimate Cost]@row) / [Estimate Cost]@row), "N/A")

You'll notice that I added an extra ( before [Actual Cost]@row, as @David Joyeuse outlined, and took away the extra one at the end. Try copy/pasting this into your sheet! If this doesn't resolve the issue you're seeing, a screen capture of your sheet would help (but please block out any sensitive data).

Cheers,

Genevieve

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=IF([Project Category]@row = "A", ([Actual Cost]@row - [Estimate Cost]@row) / [Estimate Cost]@row), "N/A"))

Either add a ( before [Actual Cost]@row, or remove the one after [Estimate Cost]@row. Also there's one too many at the end of the formula.

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Hi @Sean Huynh,

I can see that you marked David's response as not answering your question, so here's an example of what he explained typed out:

=IF([Project Category]@row = "A", (([Actual Cost]@row - [Estimate Cost]@row) / [Estimate Cost]@row), "N/A")

You'll notice that I added an extra ( before [Actual Cost]@row, as @David Joyeuse outlined, and took away the extra one at the end. Try copy/pasting this into your sheet! If this doesn't resolve the issue you're seeing, a screen capture of your sheet would help (but please block out any sensitive data).

Cheers,

Genevieve

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