Inverse trigonometric functions

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Functions inverse to the trigonometric functions. The six basic trigonometric functions correspond to the six inverse trigonometric functions. These are called arcussine, arcuscosine, arcustangent, arcuscotangent, arcussecant, arcuscosecant, and are denoted, respectively, by , , , , , . The functions and are defined (in the real domain) for ; and for all real ; and for ; the last two functions are seldom used. Other notations are , , etc.

Since the trigonometric functions are periodic, their inverses are many-valued. The single-valued branches (principal branches) of these functions are denoted by , . Namely, is the branch of for which . Similarly, , and are defined by the conditions , , .

The figures show the graphs of , , , ; the principal branches are distinguished by a heavy line.

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The functions are easily expressed in terms of for example:

The inverse trigonometric functions are related by

Hence and are not included in the following formulas.

The inverse trigonometric functions are infinitely differentiable and can be expanded in a series in a neighbourhood of any interior point of their domain of definition. The derivatives, integrals and series expansions are:

The inverse trigonometric functions of a complex variable are defined as the analytic continuations to the complex plane of the corresponding real functions.

The inverse trigonometric functions can be expressed in terms of the logarithmic function:


Other notations for and are and , respectively.


[a1] M.R. Spiegel, "Complex variables" , Schaum's Outline Series , McGraw-Hill (1974)
[a2] M. Abramowitz, I.A. Stegun, "Handbook of mathematical functions" , Dover, reprint (1972)
How to Cite This Entry:
Inverse trigonometric functions. Yu.V. Sidorov (originator), Encyclopedia of Mathematics. URL:
This text originally appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098