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Homework Help: Just a quick question

  1. Sep 20, 2006 #1
    In Cal, for the arctan(1/sqrt(3)), can I write it in degree or it's must be in radians?

    here I have sqrt(3)*arctan(1/sqrt(3))-arctan(1)-integral (with the upper bound sqrt(3) and the lower bound 1) (x^3/(1+x^2)) dx

    if I change it to degree
    so I have 30sqrt(3)-45-1+(1/2)In2

    But if it's in radians it would be sqrt(3)*Pi/g-Pi/4-1+(1/2)ln2

    I got this pro wrong simple cuz I change that tan thing into degree.......but what's wrong with that?
     
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2006
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  3. Sep 20, 2006 #2

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    Generally speaking, when a problem involves trig functions as functions and does not involve angles or triangles, the argument is assumed to be in radians (actually, its deeper than that- technically, there are no units but radians give the right number!).
     
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