# IF Statement problem

1. ## IF Statement problem

I have a problem with my IF statement it wont stop at the correct answer for example

I have IO = 20 000
Y1 cash flow = 5 000
Y2 cash flow = 5 000
Y3 cash flow = 10 000
Y4 cash flow = 25 000

Im using the following IF statement

=IF(5000>20000,1+(20000-5000)/20000,
IF(5000+5000>20000,2+((20000-5000)-5000)/20000,
IF(5000+5000+10000>20000,3+(((20000-5000)-5000)-5000)/20000,
IF(5000+5000+10000+25000>20000,4+((((20000-5000)-5000)-5000)-25000)/20000))))

I rewrote my equation so the numbers make sense but i am using cell references so if the IO or cash flow changes the answer will change too.
Using my equation the answer should be 3 but it moves to the next true if statement.

My question is how do i stop the equation from moving to the next true if statement. The equations are correct but im having trouble stopping the equations at the correct answer. In this case being the third if statement.

2. Originally Posted by trixma
I have a problem with my IF statement it wont stop at the correct answer for example

I have IO = 20 000
Y1 cash flow = 5 000
Y2 cash flow = 5 000
Y3 cash flow = 10 000
Y4 cash flow = 25 000

Im using the following IF statement

=IF(5000>20000,1+(20000-5000)/20000,
IF(5000+5000>20000,2+((20000-5000)-5000)/20000,
IF(5000+5000+10000>20000,3+(((20000-5000)-5000)-5000)/20000,
IF(5000+5000+10000+25000>20000,4+((((20000-5000)-5000)-5000)-25000)/20000))))

I rewrote my equation so the numbers make sense but i am using cell references so if the IO or cash flow changes the answer will change too.
Using my equation the answer should be 3 but it moves to the next true if statement.

My question is how do i stop the equation from moving to the next true if statement. The equations are correct but im having trouble stopping the equations at the correct answer. In this case being the third if statement.

=IF(5000>20000,1+(20000-5000)/20000,
IF(5000+5000>20000,2+((20000-5000)-5000)/20000,
IF(5000+5000+10000>20000,3+(((20000-5000)-5000)-5000)/20000,
IF(5000+5000+10000+25000>20000,4+((((20000-5000)-5000)-5000)-25000)/20000))))

All the relationships you have established are inequalities. You should provide for the possibility of the two factors being equal, as well.

Your formula can be modified by changing the red portion highlighted above to the blue highlighted portion shown below. Furthermore, you can get rid of some parentheses as well.

=IF(5000>=20000,1+(20000-5000)/20000,
IF(5000+5000>=20000,2+(20000-5000-5000)/20000,
IF(5000+5000+10000>=20000,3+(20000-5000-5000-5000)/20000,4+(20000-5000-5000-5000-25000)/20000))))

Hope this is what you need.

Regards.

3. ## Re: IF Statement problem

Your 3rd if statement checks whether 5000+5000+10000 > 20000.
5000+5000+10000 is not greater than 20000 it is equal to 20000 so if you
want this to evaluate to true this should change to 5000+5000+10000 >=
20000.

Hope this helps
Rowan

trixma wrote:
> I have a problem with my IF statement it wont stop at the correct answer
> for example
>
> I have IO = 20 000
> Y1 cash flow = 5 000
> Y2 cash flow = 5 000
> Y3 cash flow = 10 000
> Y4 cash flow = 25 000
>
> Im using the following IF statement
>
> =IF(5000>20000,1+(20000-5000)/20000,
> IF(5000+5000>20000,2+((20000-5000)-5000)/20000,
> IF(5000+5000+10000>20000,3+(((20000-5000)-5000)-5000)/20000,
> IF(5000+5000+10000+25000>20000,4+((((20000-5000)-5000)-5000)-25000)/20000))))
>
> I rewrote my equation so the numbers make sense but i am using cell
> references so if the IO or cash flow changes the answer will change
> too.
> Using my equation the answer should be 3 but it moves to the next true
> if statement.
>
> My question is how do i stop the equation from moving to the next true
> if statement. The equations are correct but im having trouble stopping
> the equations at the correct answer. In this case being the third if
> statement.
>
>

4. Thanks that worked

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