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  1. #1 Completely forgotten complex formula transposition! 
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    It has been a good 16 years since I finished highschool, after which point I haven't studied any further maths. Hopefully this is an easy question for someone who has kept up with their algebra better!

    I am trying to write a spreadsheet for a game I play, one cell of which I need to display a specific value following this formula:


    D = damage
    A = armor
    H = health

    Essentially, I need to rewrite the formula to solve for D, given values of A and H. From a conceptual point of view, I want to know the maximum value of damage you can take (D) given a certain level of armor (A) before you run out of health (H). I can work out discrete values at specific points, but I can't for the life of me transpose the formula to use in excel.

    Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!

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    Here you go, get a computer to do the hard work: solve D*(1-((A/(A+(12*D)) )))=H for D - Wolfram|Alpha

    (I haven't checked that it has interpreted it correctly, but it looks reasonable at first glance)

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    Thanks for the link.. after about half an hour of scratching my head, I finally managed to get them into a form that gives me the expected output in excel! I don't feel so bad about not being able to work out how to do it now, the formulas it came up with are just.. crazy.
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