MathGroup Archive 2003

[Date Index] [Thread Index] [Author Index]

Search the Archive

Domain of Sin[ArcSin[x]] ?

I want to demonstrate to my students that in the real number system,
Sin[ArcSin[x]] is only defined on [-1,1] because that is the domain of
ArcSin[x].  When I Plot the composition, however, I get Sin[ArcSin[x]] =
x for all real numbers, not just on [-1,1].  I tried this both with and
without the RealOnly package.

Is there any way to ensure that Mathematica uses only real numbers in
its calculations, so that Sin[ArcSin[x]] is undefined when ArcSin[x] is
not a real number?

Michael Buescher
Hathaway Brown School

  • Prev by Date: Re: Speed Tips
  • Next by Date: Simplification of vector and scalar products
  • Previous by thread: Re: signal detector question
  • Next by thread: Re: Domain of Sin[ArcSin[x]] ?