changeset 15444:0b6c29cb53d0

Update trig function doc
author Michael Godfrey <>
date Tue, 25 Sep 2012 21:53:44 -0400
parents 015cc3d1f389
children 46dd555edd33
files doc/interpreter/arith.txi
diffstat 1 files changed, 14 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-) [+]
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 example, @code{sin} expects an angle in radians while @code{sind} expects an
 angle in degrees.
+Octave uses the C library trigonometric functions.  It is expected that these
+functions are defined by the ISO/IEC 9899 standard. This Standard is available
+at:  Section F.9.1 deals
+with the trigonometric functions.  The behavior of most of the functions is
+relatively straightforward. However, there are some exceptions to the standard
+behavior.  Many of the exceptions involve the behavior for -0.
+The most complex case is atan2. Octave exactly implements the behavior given
+in the Standard.  Including @tex $atan2(\pm0, -0)$ @end tex @ifnottex @code 
+{atan2(+- 0, 0)} @end ifnottex
+returns @tex $\pm \pi.$@end tex @ifnottex @code{+- pi}.
+It should be noted that Matlab uses different definitions which apparently
+do not distinguish -0.