# Ruby on Rails - The Maths Functions

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Consider a table object called **Person**. This table is having fields like age, first_name, last_name and salary.

Following will return the average age of all the employees.

Person.average :age

The following will return the maximum age of the employees.

Person.maximum :age

The following will return minimum age of the employees.

Person.minimum :age

The following will return the sum of salaries of all the employees.

Person.sum :salary, :group => :last_name

The following will count the number of records having age more than 26.

Person.count(:conditions => "age > 26")

The following will count the total number of records.

Person.count

Check the Calculation Functions link for more detail on Calculation Functions.

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