Build Your Own Tip Calculator

About the project

You just finish a great meal, your waiter hands you the bill, and now you’re supposed to know what 18% of $45.27. Unless you’re some Good Will Hunting, you’re not going to do that math in your head.

Using a Google Spreadsheet, you will learn to create a dynamic tip calculator app using the power of math and variables.

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Lesson Overview

Show students how cells in a spreadsheet can not only include numbers and words, but also references to other cells by following = with the location of other cells. Furthermore, one can create equations using those references to calculate formulas.

Challenge students to figure out how to create a tip calculator so the user would enter values into a blank cell and the sheet would output the tip amount and the total amount to pay the restaurant.

What you’ll need:


Access: User must sign in with Google Account

For More Information

Kevin Brookhouser

Code+Design Teacher

Monterey, CA

Twitter: @brookhouser

Google+: +kevinbrookhouser