# carg man page

carg, cargf, cargl — calculate the complex argument

## Synopsis

**#include <complex.h>****double carg(double complex** *z***);****float cargf(float complex** *z***);****long double cargl(long double complex** *z***);**

Link with *-lm*.

## Description

These functions calculate the complex argument (also called phase angle) of *z*, with a branch cut along the negative real axis.

A complex number can be described by two real coordinates. One may use rectangular coordinates and gets

`z = x + I * y`

where *x = creal(z)* and *y = cimag(z)*.

Or one may use polar coordinates and gets

`z = r * cexp(I * a)`

where *r = cabs(z)* is the "radius", the "modulus", the absolute value of *z*, and *a = carg(z)* is the "phase angle", the argument of *z*.

One has:

`tan(carg(z)) = cimag(z) / creal(z)`

## Return Value

The return value is the range of [-pi,pi].

## Versions

These functions first appeared in glibc in version 2.1.

## Attributes

For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see attributes(7).

Interface | Attribute | Value |
---|---|---|

carg(), cargf(), cargl() | Thread safety | MT-Safe |

## Conforming to

C99, POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008.

## See Also

## Colophon

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## Referenced By

atan(3), atan2(3), complex(7).

cargf(3) and cargl(3) are aliases of carg(3).