What can I do with my data by adding a column?

I see that to apply formulas to my data I need to add a new column to my table and then apply the function to the column so it is applied to all my rows in that view. What other actions do I need to add a new column to my table in order to execute?

Hi @gretchen and welcome to the community!

Formulas can be applied to existing columns as well as new columns.
If you need to maintain the original column, unaltered by a formula and see the formula result in a new column then you can apply the formula to a new column.
The only other actions would be to ensure that the formula is actually correct and doesn’t contain any syntax errors (The formula bar will display a warning triangle in such cases).