# Manual Reference Pages  - ASIN (P)

### PROLOG

This manual page is part of the POSIX Programmer’s Manual. The Linux implementation of this interface may differ (consult the corresponding Linux manual page for details of Linux behavior), or the interface may not be implemented on Linux.

### CONTENTS

Name
Synopsis
Description
Return Value
Errors
Examples
Application Usage
Rationale
Future Directions

### NAME

asin, asinf, asinl - arc sine function

### SYNOPSIS

#include <math.h>

double asin(double x);
float asinf(float
x);
long double asinl(long double
x);

### DESCRIPTION

These functions shall compute the principal value of the arc sine of their argument x. The value of x should be in the range [-1,1].

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 arc sine of x, in the range [-pi/2,pi/2] radians.

For finite values of x not in the range [-1,1], a domain error shall occur, and either a NaN (if supported), or an implementation-defined value shall be returned.

If x is NaN, a NaN shall be returned.

If x is ±0, x shall be returned.

If x is ±Inf, a domain error shall occur, and either a NaN (if supported), or an implementation-defined value shall be returned.

If x is subnormal, a range error may occur and x should be returned.

### ERRORS

These functions shall fail if:
Domain Error
The x argument is finite and is not in the range [-1,1], or 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.

These functions may fail if:
Range Error
The value of x is subnormal.
If the integer expression (math_errhandling & MATH_ERRNO) is non-zero, then errno shall be set to [ERANGE]. If the integer expression (math_errhandling & MATH_ERREXCEPT) is non-zero, then the underflow floating-point exception shall be raised.

The following sections are informative.

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### APPLICATION USAGE

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.

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