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arccosine

The inverse of the cosine function, usually abbreviated arccos. It is defined on the restricted domain \([-1,1]\), such that for any real number \(x \in [-1,1]\), \(\arccos(x)=a\) if and only if \(\cos(a)=x\). The principal arcosine takes its values in the interval \([0,\pi]\).

Arccosine may also be abbreviated by acos or cos-1.

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  • [APA] arccosine (21 Feb 2013). Retrieved 21 Feb 2013 from the Platonic Realms Interactive Mathematics Encyclopedia: http://platonicrealms.com/encyclopedia/arccosine/

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