Secant-squared function

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The secant-squared function, denoted \sec^2, can be defined in the following equivalent ways:

  1. It is the composite of the square function and the secant function (which in turn is the composite of the reciprocal function and the cosine function).
  2. It is the composite of the reciprocal function and the cosine-squared function.

Explicitly, it is given as:

\sec^2 x := (\sec x)^2 = \frac{1}{(\cos x)^2}

It is defined wherever the secant function is defined, i.e., wherever \cos x \ne 0.

Key data

Item Value
default domain All real numbers except odd multiples of \pi/2.
range [1,\infty), i.e., \{ y \mid y \ge 1 \}
period \pi, i.e., 180\,^\circ
local minimum values and points of attainment value of 1, attained at all integer multiples of \pi.
local maximum values and points of attainment no local maximum value
important symmetries even function (follows from composite of any function with even function is even, and the fact that the secant function is even)
mirror symmetry about lines of the form x = n\pi/2, n an integer
first derivative x \mapsto 2\sec^2x\tan x = 2 (\tan x + \tan^3x)
second derivative x \mapsto 2\sec^4x + 4\sec^2x \tan^2x
higher derivatives The n^{th} derivative is expressible as a polynomial in \tan of degree n + 2.
first antiderivative tangent function, so x \mapsto \tan x + C
second antiderivative x \mapsto -\ln|\cos x| + C