cos man page

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cos, cosf, cosl — cosine function

Synopsis

#include <math.h>

double cos(double x);
float cosf(float x);
long double cosl(long double x);

Description

The functionality described on this reference page is aligned with the ISO C standard. Any conflict between the requirements described here and the ISO C standard is unintentional. This volume of POSIX.1‐2008 defers to the ISO C standard.

These functions shall compute the cosine of their argument x, measured in radians.

An application wishing to check for error situations should set errno to zero and call feclearexcept(FE_ALL_EXCEPT) before calling these functions. On return, if errno is non-zero or fetestexcept(FE_INVALID | FE_DIVBYZERO | FE_OVERFLOW | FE_UNDERFLOW) is non-zero, an error has occurred.

Return Value

Upon successful completion, these functions shall return the cosine of x.

If x is NaN, a NaN shall be returned.

If x is ±0, the value 1.0 shall be returned.

If x is ±Inf, a domain error shall occur, and a NaN shall be returned.

Errors

These functions shall fail if:

Domain Error

The x argument is ±Inf.

If the integer expression (math_errhandling & MATH_ERRNO) is non-zero, then errno shall be set to [EDOM]. If the integer expression (math_errhandling & MATH_ERREXCEPT) is non-zero, then the invalid floating-point exception shall be raised.

The following sections are informative.

Examples

Taking the Cosine of a 45-Degree Angle

#include <math.h>
...
double radians = 45 * M_PI / 180;
double result;
...
result = cos(radians);

Application Usage

These functions may lose accuracy when their argument is near an odd multiple of π/2 or is far from 0.

On error, the expressions (math_errhandling & MATH_ERRNO) and (math_errhandling & MATH_ERREXCEPT) are independent of each other, but at least one of them must be non-zero.

See Also

acos(), feclearexcept(), fetestexcept(), isnan(), sin(), tan()

The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1‐2008, Section 4.19, Treatment of Error Conditions for Mathematical Functions, <math.h>

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