# How to Plot an Equation in Excel: 6 Easy Methods

## Method 1 – Plotting a Linear Equation in Excel

Generally, linear equations are the most common type of equation in Excel. We use them on a regular basis. Moreover, it is best for linear data. For the purpose of demonstration, we have used the following equation.

`y = 5x + 3`

Now, follow the steps accordingly.

Steps:

• Write down the following formula into the formula bar according to the sample equation.

`=5*B5+3`

• Press Enter and use the AutoFill tool to apply the formula to the whole column.

• Select any cell within the data and click the Insert tab.
• Click on the Scatter command from the Charts group of commands.
• A drop-down menu will appear; select the first one, simply the Scatter chart.

• A chart will appear. Select the chart and click on the + symbol.
• Click on the Chart Elements as shown below.

• From the Format Trendline, select Linear and Display Equation on Chart.

## Method 2 – Generating an Exponential Equation in Excel

Steps:

• Put the following formula according to the equation we have taken.

`=EXP(B5)`

• Hit Enter Get the full dataset by using the AutoFill tool.

• Select any cell within the data.
• Click the Insert tab and select the Scatter command from the Charts group of commands.
• Select the first one, simply the Scatter chart from the drop-down menu.

• A chart will appear. However, select the chart and click on the +Â symbol.
• Click on the Chart Elements as mentioned below.

• Select Exponential and Display Equation on Chart from the Format Trendline option.

• The Exponential Equation will appear.

## Method 3 – Creating Logarithmic Type Equation

Steps:

• Write the formula below and press Enter.

`=LOG10(B5)+2`

• Use the AutoFill tool to do the same for the rest of the data.

• Select any cell within the data.
• Click on the InsertÂ tab.
• From the Charts group of commands, select the ScatterÂ command.
• Select the Scatter chart from the ScatterÂ command.

• A chart will appear. Again, select the chart and click on the + symbol.
• Mark the Chart Elements as shown below.

• Select Logarithmic and Display Equation on Chart.

• Get the Logarithmic Equation in the following image.

## Method 4 – Plotting Equation for Polynomials in Excel

Steps:

• Write the following formula in the formula bar and hit the EnterÂ key.

`=3*(B5^2)+5*B5-1`

• Use the AutoFill tool similarly to generate the total sample dataset.

• Select a cell from the given data.
• Click the InsertÂ tab.
• From the Charts group of commands, select the Scatter command.
• A drop-down menu will appear; select the Scatter chart.

• Click on the + symbol after selecting the chart.
• Cick on the Chart Elements as shown in the image below.

• Select Polynomial of Order 2 and Display Equation on Chart from the Format Trendline OptionÂ accordingly.

• Find the Polynomial Equation in the below picture.

## Method 5 – Drawing Power Equation

Steps:

• Input the formula below according to the sample equation and press the EnterÂ button.

`=B5^3`

• Use the AutoFill tool to complete the dataset.

• Select any cell from the data.
• Click on the Insert tab. Moreover, click on the Scatter command from the Charts group of commands.
• Select the Scatter chart.

• A chart will appear.
• Select the chart and click on the +Â symbol.
• Click on the Chart Elements mentioned in the image below.

• From the Format Trendline Option, select Power and Display Equation on Chart.

• Get the Power Y Equation as in the image below.

## Method 6 – Making an Equation Based on Moving Average

Steps:

• Click on any cell within the data.
• Press the InsertÂ tab.
• From the Charts group of commands, select the ScatterÂ command.
• Select the first one, simply the Scatter chart.

• Click on the + symbol after selecting the chart..
• Select some of the Chart Elements as shown below.

• Select Moving Average of Period 2 and Display Equation on Chart from the Format Trendline option.

• Get the Moving Average Equation as mentioned in the below image.

## How to Plot Multiple Equations on a Single Chart in Excel

Combine multiple equations into a single chart. It is as simple and quite easy as before.

Steps:

• Draw the power equation by following the steps in Method 5.
• Select the graph and press Select Data from the filter option.

• Click on the AddÂ option.

• Select the X values and Y values to the range for the other two equations as in the picture below. Press OK.

• Press OK.

• Find the three quotations plotted on the same chart.

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