## Explanation

The SMALL function is meant to extract the "nth" smallest value from a set of data. The value for N is supplied as the second argument. To get the smallest value with SMALL, supply 1, to get the second smallest value, supply 2, and so on.

```
=SMALL(data,1) // 1st smallest
=SMALL(data,2) // 2nd smallest
=SMALL(data,3) // 3rd smallest
```

In the example shown, "data" is the named range B5:B14. In this example, the main challenge is to increment a value for nth. This is done by using an expanding range inside the ROWS function:

```
ROWS($B$5:B5)
```

As the formula is copied down the table, the range expands and the number or rows increases, with supplies an incrementing value.

### Sort numbers in descending order

To sort numbers in descending order, simply replace the SMALL function with the LARGE function:

```
=LARGE(data,ROWS(exp_rng))
```

Like SMALL, the LARGE function extracts an "nth" value. However, rather than the "nth smallest" LARGE returns the the "nth largest".