At 06:33 11/09/2014 -0700, Nobody Noname wrote:
Thanks again for the replies, this is what I've tried so far:
Why not try one of the two techniques already suggested (both of which work)?
The start time was 10:25pm and the stop time was 10:55pm, with 2026
samples. I first highlight column 'A', and format the cells as
'Time', using the 01:37:46pm format. The first cell, A1, gets the
start time, 10:25:00pm. The second cell gets 10:25:01pm, which is
the start time with an increment of 1 second.
That's your mistake. You said in your original message that the
samples were taken "at *approximately* 1 sample per second" (my
emphasis), not exactly so. Your 2026 samples span 2025 intervals
between 10:25 and 10:35, and if we divide thirty minutes by 2025, we
find that the interval is actually eight-ninths of a second, not
exactly one second. If you add eight-ninths of a second 2025 times to
10:25 you will get to 10:55 with no problem.
I then highlight these first two cells, then drag their lower right
corner down the column to row 2026. The last cell now reads
10:58:45pm, which does not match the stop time of 10:55pm.
That's because 2025 seconds is not thirty minutes, but indeed
thirty-three and three-quarter minutes. You should note that your
difficulty here is entirely to do with your appreciation of the
problem, and nothing to do with whether Calc can or cannot do what you require.
Using Mr Drago's technique, you need to set A2 to 10:25 PM plus
eight-ninths of a second. You can do this in various ways. One is to
put 10:25 PM and 10:55 PM in two cells, subtract them, and divide by
2025. As a number, this will display as 0.000010288... as the
interval is that fraction of a day. Use this value in the calculation
in A2, using =A1+Xn, where Xn is the result cell. Note that the value
in A2 will display as 10:25:01 PM, but it is not exactly one second
later - it merely displays that way with your chosen formatting. The
value *stored* in the cell is nevertheless accurate. You will need to
select the value in A2, copy it, and paste it back using Paste
Special... with Formulas unticked in order to convert the formula
into a number. Now select A1 and A2 and fill down the column. Row
2026 will read 10:55:00 PM. In fact, rounding errors mean that it
misses the mark by less than a hundred-millionth of a second. Is that
good enough?!
Using my formula technique, put the start and finish times in A1 and
A2026. The formula you need in A2 with these new cells is
=A1+(A$2026-A$1)/2025
Select just A2 this time (not A1 and A2) and fill this down the
column to A2025 (not A2026, or you will get a circular reference
error, Err:522). The rounding errors will be no more than with the
previous technique.
I trust this helps.
Brian Barker
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