# IMABS

Returns the absolute value (modulus) of a complex number in x + yi or x + yj text format.

If this function is not available, and returns the #NAME? error, install and load the Analysis ToolPak add-in.

1. On the Tools menu, click Add-Ins.
2. In the Add-Ins available list, select the Analysis ToolPak box, and then click OK.
3. If necessary, follow the instructions in the setup program.

Syntax

IMABS(inumber)

Inumber     is a complex number for which you want the absolute value.

Remarks

• Use COMPLEX to convert real and imaginary coefficients into a complex number.
• The absolute value of a complex number is:

where:

z = x + yi

Example

The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.

1. Create a blank workbook or worksheet.
2. Select the example in the Help topic.

Note   Do not select the row or column headers.

Selecting an example from Help
1. Press CTRL+C.
2. In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V.
3. To switch between viewing the results and viewing the formulas that return the results, press CTRL+` (grave accent), or on the Formulas tab, in the Formula Auditing group, click the Show Formulas button.
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Formula Description (Result)
=IMABS("5+12i") Absolute value of 5+12i (13)

Applies to:
Excel 2003