COS
Section: POSIX Programmer's Manual (3P)
Updated: 2013
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NAME
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.12008 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 nonzero or fetestexcept(FE_INVALID  FE_DIVBYZERO 
FE_OVERFLOW  FE_UNDERFLOW) is nonzero, 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
nonzero, then
errno
shall be set to
[EDOM].
If the integer expression (math_errhandling & MATH_ERREXCEPT) is
nonzero, then the invalid floatingpoint exception shall be raised.
The following sections are informative.
EXAMPLES
Taking the Cosine of a 45Degree 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 nonzero.
RATIONALE
None.
FUTURE DIRECTIONS
None.
SEE ALSO
acos(),
feclearexcept(),
fetestexcept(),
isnan(),
sin(),
tan()
The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.12008,
Section 4.19, Treatment of Error Conditions for Mathematical Functions,
<math.h>
COPYRIGHT
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from IEEE Std 1003.1, 2013 Edition, Standard for Information Technology
 Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base
Specifications Issue 7, Copyright (C) 2013 by the Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc and The Open Group.
(This is POSIX.12008 with the 2013 Technical Corrigendum 1 applied.) In the
event of any discrepancy between this version and the original IEEE and
The Open Group Standard, the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard
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