You can use the **LINEST()** function in Excel to fit a polynomial curve with a certain degree.

For example, you can use the following basic syntax to fit a polynomial curve with a degree of 3:

=LINEST(known_ys, known_xs^{1, 2, 3})

The function returns an array of coefficients that describes the polynomial fit.

The following step-by-step example shows how to use this function to fit a polynomial curve in Excel.

**Step 1: Create the Data**

First, let’s create some data to work with:

**Step 2: Fit a Polynomial Curve**

Next, let’s use the **LINEST()** function to fit a polynomial curve with a degree of 3 to the dataset:

**Step 3: Interpret the Polynomial Curve**

Once we press **ENTER**, an array of coefficients will appear:

Using these coefficients, we can construct the following equation to describe the relationship between x and y:

y = .0218x^{3} – .2239x^{2} – .6084x + 30.0915

We can also use this equation to calculate the expected value of y, based on the value of x.

For example, suppose x = 4. The expected value of y would be:

y = .0218(4)^{3} – .2239(4)^{2} – .6084(4) + 30.0915 = **25.47**

**Additional Resources**

How to Perform Polynomial Regression in Excel

How to Perform Quadratic Regression in Excel

How to Add a Quadratic Trendline in Excel