This module is always available. It provides access to the mathematical functions defined by the C standard.
These functions cannot be used with complex numbers; use the functions of the same name from the cmath module if you require support for complex numbers. The distinction between functions which support complex numbers and those which don’t is made since most users do not want to learn quite as much mathematics as required to understand complex numbers. Receiving an exception instead of a complex result allows earlier detection of the unexpected complex number used as a parameter, so that the programmer can determine how and why it was generated in the first place.
The following functions are provided by this module. Except when explicitly noted otherwise, all return values are floats.
Return x with the sign of y. copysign copies the sign bit of an IEEE 754 float, copysign(1, -0.0) returns -1.0.
New in version 2.6.
Return x factorial. Raises ValueError if x is not integral or is negative.
New in version 2.6.
Return the floor of x as a float, the largest integer value less than or equal to x.
Changed in version 2.6: Added __floor__() delegation.
Return an accurate floating point sum of values in the iterable. Avoids loss of precision by tracking multiple intermediate partial sums:
>>> sum([.1, .1, .1, .1, .1, .1, .1, .1, .1, .1])
0.99999999999999989
>>> fsum([.1, .1, .1, .1, .1, .1, .1, .1, .1, .1])
1.0
The algorithm’s accuracy depends on IEEE-754 arithmetic guarantees and the typical case where the rounding mode is half-even. On some non-Windows builds, the underlying C library uses extended precision addition and may occasionally double-round an intermediate sum causing it to be off in its least significant bit.
For further discussion and two alternative approaches, see the ASPN cookbook recipes for accurate floating point summation.
New in version 2.6.
Checks if the float x is positive or negative infinite.
New in version 2.6.
Checks if the float x is a NaN (not a number). NaNs are part of the IEEE 754 standards. Operation like but not limited to inf * 0, inf / inf or any operation involving a NaN, e.g. nan * 1, return a NaN.
New in version 2.6.
Return the Real value x truncated to an Integral (usually a long integer). Delegates to x.__trunc__().
New in version 2.6.
Note that frexp() and modf() have a different call/return pattern than their C equivalents: they take a single argument and return a pair of values, rather than returning their second return value through an ‘output parameter’ (there is no such thing in Python).
For the ceil(), floor(), and modf() functions, note that all floating-point numbers of sufficiently large magnitude are exact integers. Python floats typically carry no more than 53 bits of precision (the same as the platform C double type), in which case any float x with abs(x) >= 2**52 necessarily has no fractional bits.
Return the logarithm of x to the given base. If the base is not specified, return the natural logarithm of x (that is, the logarithm to base e).
Changed in version 2.3: base argument added.
Return the natural logarithm of 1+x (base e). The result is calculated in a way which is accurate for x near zero.
New in version 2.6.
Return x raised to the power y. Exceptional cases follow Annex ‘F’ of the C99 standard as far as possible. In particular, pow(1.0, x) and pow(x, 0.0) always return 1.0, even when x is a zero or a NaN. If both x and y are finite, x is negative, and y is not an integer then pow(x, y) is undefined, and raises ValueError.
Changed in version 2.6: The outcome of 1**nan and nan**0 was undefined.
Return the inverse hyperbolic cosine of x.
New in version 2.6.
Return the inverse hyperbolic sine of x.
New in version 2.6.
Return the inverse hyperbolic tangent of x.
New in version 2.6.
Note
The math module consists mostly of thin wrappers around the platform C math library functions. Behavior in exceptional cases is loosely specified by the C standards, and Python inherits much of its math-function error-reporting behavior from the platform C implementation. As a result, the specific exceptions raised in error cases (and even whether some arguments are considered to be exceptional at all) are not defined in any useful cross-platform or cross-release way. For example, whether math.log(0) returns -Inf or raises ValueError or OverflowError isn’t defined, and in cases where math.log(0) raises OverflowError, math.log(0L) may raise ValueError instead.
All functions return a quiet NaN if at least one of the args is NaN. Signaling NaNs raise an exception. The exception type still depends on the platform and libm implementation. It’s usually ValueError for EDOM and OverflowError for errno ERANGE.
Changed in version 2.6: In earlier versions of Python the outcome of an operation with NaN as input depended on platform and libm implementation.
See also