Arc sine function

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The arc sine function is denoted \arcsin or \sin^{-1}.

For x in the closed interval [-1,1] (i.e., -1 \le x \le 1), \arcsin x is defined as the unique value y in the closed interval [-\pi/2,\pi/2] such that \sin y = x.

The arc sine function can be considered the inverse function of the restriction of the sine function to the interval [-\pi/2,\pi/2].

Key data

Item Value
default domain the closed interval [-1,1]
range the closed interval [-\pi/2,\pi/2]
first derivative x \mapsto \frac{1}{\sqrt{1 - x^2}}, defined on the open interval (-1,1). The left-hand derivative at 1 is not defined (as an infinity, it takes the value +\infty). The right-hand derivative at -1 is not defined (as an infinity, it takes the value +\infty).