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What is asin() in C?

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The asin() functionalso called the arc sine function returns the inverse sine of a number. To be more specific, it returns the inverse sine of a number in radians.

Figure 1 shows the mathematical representation of the asin() function, and Figure 2 shows the visual representation of the asin() function.

Figure 1: Mathematical representation of inverse sine function
Figure 2: Visual representation of inverse sine function

Note: math.h header file is required for this function.

To convert radians to degrees, use the following formula:

degrees = radians * ( 180.0 / PI )

Syntax

double asin(double num)

Parameter

This function requires a number as a parameter. The parameter must be a double value between -1 and 1.

  • -1 <= parameter <= 1.

Return value

asin() returns the inverse sine of a number (radian double value) that is sent as a parameter. The return value lies in interval [-pi/2, pi/2] radians.

Example

#include<stdio.h>
//header file
#include<math.h>

int main() {
    //positive number in radians
    printf("The arc sine of %lf is %lf radians \n", 0.5, asin(0.5));

    // negative number in radians
    printf("The arc sine of %lf is %lf radians \n", -0.5, asin(-0.5));

    //applying asin() and then converting the result in radians to degrees
    // radians = 0.5
    // PI = 3.14159265
    double result=asin(0.5) * (180.0 / 3.14159265);
    printf("The arc sine of %lf is %lf degrees \n", 0.5, result);


}

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