SLN function

Returns the straight-line depreciation of an asset for one period.



Cost     is the initial cost of the asset.

Salvage     is the value at the end of the depreciation (sometimes called the salvage value of the asset).

Life     is the number of periods over which the asset is depreciated (sometimes called the useful life of the asset).


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Data Description
30,000 Cost
7,500 Salvage value
10 Years of useful life
Formula Description (Result)
=SLN(A2, A3, A4) The depreciation allowance for each year (2,250)
Applies to:
Excel 2007