# Understanding Equations

An equation is a defined series of statements that can calculate amounts or check criteria. In general, an equation is most often used to return one of the following items:

A True or False result. This is an equation that checks to determine whether certain criteria are met.

An amount. This is a calculation equation that results in a numeric value.

Equations can:

Use algebraic statements.

Use Boolean conditional statements.

Look up information in tables.

Update information in tables.

Branch or link to another equation.