Whats the inverse of sec^2x?

1. Feb 6, 2006

bill nye scienceguy!

and how would i go about working out the inverses of trig functions if i didnt already know them?

2. Feb 6, 2006

Plastic Photon

First off: $$\sec^2\theta=1+\tan^2\theta$$
=

$$\sec\theta={\sqrt{1 +\tan^2\theta}}$$

Last edited: Feb 6, 2006
3. Feb 6, 2006

uart

Vague question but I suspect you mean do the following.

x = 1 / cos^2(y)

sqrt(x) = 1/cos(y)

1/sqrt(x) = cos(y)

y = arccos(1/sqrt(x))

Now that's only half the solution, the most important part is working out the domain and range for which this inverse makes sense.