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These are the usual arcsine, arccosine and arctangent functions, which are the inverses of the sine, cosine and tangent functions respectively.

- Function:
*double***asin***(double*`x`) - Function:
*float***asinf***(float*`x`) - Function:
*long double***asinl***(long double*`x`) Preliminary: | MT-Safe | AS-Safe | AC-Safe | See POSIX Safety Concepts.

These functions compute the arcsine of

`x`—that is, the value whose sine is`x`. The value is in units of radians. Mathematically, there are infinitely many such values; the one actually returned is the one between`-pi/2`

and`pi/2`

(inclusive).The arcsine function is defined mathematically only over the domain

`-1`

to`1`

. If`x`is outside the domain,`asin`

signals a domain error.

- Function:
*double***acos***(double*`x`) - Function:
*float***acosf***(float*`x`) - Function:
*long double***acosl***(long double*`x`) Preliminary: | MT-Safe | AS-Safe | AC-Safe | See POSIX Safety Concepts.

These functions compute the arccosine of

`x`—that is, the value whose cosine is`x`. The value is in units of radians. Mathematically, there are infinitely many such values; the one actually returned is the one between`0`

and`pi`

(inclusive).The arccosine function is defined mathematically only over the domain

`-1`

to`1`

. If`x`is outside the domain,`acos`

signals a domain error.

- Function:
*double***atan***(double*`x`) - Function:
*float***atanf***(float*`x`) - Function:
*long double***atanl***(long double*`x`) Preliminary: | MT-Safe | AS-Safe | AC-Safe | See POSIX Safety Concepts.

These functions compute the arctangent of

`x`—that is, the value whose tangent is`x`. The value is in units of radians. Mathematically, there are infinitely many such values; the one actually returned is the one between`-pi/2`

and`pi/2`

(inclusive).

- Function:
*double***atan2***(double*`y`, double`x`) - Function:
*float***atan2f***(float*`y`, float`x`) - Function:
*long double***atan2l***(long double*`y`, long double`x`) Preliminary: | MT-Safe | AS-Safe | AC-Safe | See POSIX Safety Concepts.

This function computes the arctangent of

`y`/`x`, but the signs of both arguments are used to determine the quadrant of the result, and`x`is permitted to be zero. The return value is given in radians and is in the range`-pi`

to`pi`

, inclusive.If

`x`and`y`are coordinates of a point in the plane,`atan2`

returns the signed angle between the line from the origin to that point and the x-axis. Thus,`atan2`

is useful for converting Cartesian coordinates to polar coordinates. (To compute the radial coordinate, use`hypot`

; see Exponents and Logarithms.)If both

`x`and`y`are zero,`atan2`

returns zero.

ISO C99 defines complex versions of the inverse trig functions.

- Function:
*complex double***casin***(complex double*`z`) - Function:
*complex float***casinf***(complex float*`z`) - Function:
*complex long double***casinl***(complex long double*`z`) Preliminary: | MT-Safe | AS-Safe | AC-Safe | See POSIX Safety Concepts.

These functions compute the complex arcsine of

`z`—that is, the value whose sine is`z`. The value returned is in radians.Unlike the real-valued functions,

`casin`

is defined for all values of`z`.

- Function:
*complex double***cacos***(complex double*`z`) - Function:
*complex float***cacosf***(complex float*`z`) - Function:
*complex long double***cacosl***(complex long double*`z`) Preliminary: | MT-Safe | AS-Safe | AC-Safe | See POSIX Safety Concepts.

These functions compute the complex arccosine of

`z`—that is, the value whose cosine is`z`. The value returned is in radians.Unlike the real-valued functions,

`cacos`

is defined for all values of`z`.

- Function:
*complex double***catan***(complex double*`z`) - Function:
*complex float***catanf***(complex float*`z`) - Function:
*complex long double***catanl***(complex long double*`z`) Preliminary: | MT-Safe | AS-Safe | AC-Safe | See POSIX Safety Concepts.

These functions compute the complex arctangent of

`z`—that is, the value whose tangent is`z`. The value is in units of radians.

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