Sometimes we need to calculate the area under the curve in Excel to make the dataset more efficient. It helps us in different fields of data science. We cannot calculate the area under the curve directly in Excel. In this article, we are going to learn about some quick methods to calculate the area under the curve in Excel with some examples and explanations.

## How to Calculate Area Under Curve in Excel: 2 Suitable Methods

First, we need to create a Scatter chart. For that, we are going to use the below dataset which contains different points on the X & Y axes in columns B & C respectively. In the first method, we are adding a helper column (Area) in column D. See the screenshot to get a clear idea.

### 1. Calculate the Area Under the Curve with the Trapezoidal Rule in Excel

As we know, it is not possible to calculate directly the area under the curve. So we can break the whole curve into the trapezoids. After that, adding the areas of the trapezoids can give us the total area under the curve. So letâ€™s follow the procedure below.

**STEPS:**

- First, select the range
**B4:C11**from the dataset. - Next, go to the
**Insert**tab. - Further, select the
**Insert Scatter (X, Y)**option from the**Charts**section. - Now, from the drop-down, select
**Scatter with Smooth Lines and Markers**option.

- Consequently, this will open a chart like the one below.

- Further, we will calculate the area of our very first trapezoid which is between
**X**=**1**&**X**=**3**under the curve. - For that, write the below formula in cell
**D5**:

`=((C5+C6)/2)*(B6-B5)`

- Then press
**Enter**. - Use the
**Fill Handle**tool till the second last cell to get the area of the trapezoids.

- After that, we will add all the areas of the trapezoids.
- For that, in cell
**D13**, write down the below formula:

`=SUM(D5:D10)`

Here, we use **the SUM function**, to add up the cell range **D5:D10**.

- Finally, hit
**Enter**to see the result.

### 2. Use Excel Chart Trendline to Get Area Under Curve

Excel Chart Trendline helps us to find an equation for the curve. We use this equation to get the area under the curve. Suppose, we have the same dataset containing different points on the **X **& **Y** axes in columns **B **& **C** respectively. We use the chart trendline to get the equation from which we can get the area under the curve. Follow the below steps.

**STEPS:**

- In the beginning, select the chart that we plotted from:

First selecting range **B4:C11 **> Then **Insert **tab > After that **Insert Scatter (X, Y) **drop-down > Finally **Scatter with Smooth Lines and Markers **option

- Secondly, go to the
**Chart Design**tab. - Further, select
**Add Chart Element**drop-down from the**Chart Layouts**section. - From the drop-down, go to the
**Trendline**option. - Next, select
**More Trendline Options**.

- Or you can simply click on the
**Plus**(**+**) sign on the right side of the chart after selecting it. - Consequently, this will open the
**Chart Elements**section. - From that section, let the cursor hover over the
**Trendline**section and click on**More Options**.

- Here, this will open the
**Format Trendline**window. - Now, select
**Polynomial**from the**Trendline Options**.

- Also, give a tick mark on the Display Equation on chart option.

- Finally, we can see the polynomial equation on the chart.
- The polynomial equation is:

**y = 0.0155×2 + 2.0126x – 0.4553**

- Thirdly, we need to get the definite integral of this polynomial equation which is:

**F(x) = (0.0155/3)x^3 + (2.0126/2)x^2 – 0.4553x+c**

**Note:**For getting a definite integral from an equation, we need to increase the power of the base (

**x**) by

**1**and divide it by the increased power value. In the above equation, the

**x**&

**x2**turns into

**x2/2**&

**x3/3**respectively. As well as, the constant

**0.4553**turns into

**0.4553x**.

- Fourthly, we will put the value
**x**=**1**in the definite integral. We can see the below calculation in cell**F8**:

`F(1) = (0.0155/3)*1^3 + (2.0126/2)*1^2 - 0.4553*1`

- After that, hit
**Enter**to see the result.

- Again, we are going to input
**x**=**10**in the definite integral. The calculation looks like the below in cell**F9**:

`F(10) =(0.0155/3)*10^3 + (2.0126/2)*10^2 - 0.4553*10`

- After hitting
**Enter**, we can see the result.

- Then we are going to calculate the difference between the calculations of
**F(1)**&**F(10)**to find the area under the curve. - So, in cell
**F10**, write down the below formula:

`=F9-F8`

- In the end, hit
**Enter**to see the result.

**Practice Workbook**

Download the following workbook and exercise.

## Conclusion

By using these methods, we can quickly calculate the area under the curve in Excel. There is a practice workbook added. Go ahead and give it a try. Feel free to ask anything or suggest any new methods.

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