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cmath — Mathematical functions for complex numbers — Python v3.0 documentation

# cmath — Mathematical functions for complex numbersÂ¶

This module is always available. It provides access to mathematical functions for complex numbers. The functions in this module accept integers, floating-point numbers or complex numbers as arguments. They will also accept any Python object that has either a __complex__() or a __float__() method: these methods are used to convert the object to a complex or floating-point number, respectively, and the function is then applied to the result of the conversion.

Note

On platforms with hardware and system-level support for signed zeros, functions involving branch cuts are continuous on both sides of the branch cut: the sign of the zero distinguishes one side of the branch cut from the other. On platforms that do not support signed zeros the continuity is as specified below.

## Complex coordinatesÂ¶

Complex numbers can be expressed by two important coordinate systems. Python’s complex type uses rectangular coordinates where a number on the complex plain is defined by two floats, the real part and the imaginary part.

Definition:

```z = x + 1j * y

x := real(z)
y := imag(z)
```

In engineering the polar coordinate system is popular for complex numbers. In polar coordinates a complex number is defined by the radius r and the phase angle phi. The radius r is the absolute value of the complex, which can be viewed as distance from (0, 0). The radius r is always 0 or a positive float. The phase angle phi is the counter clockwise angle from the positive x axis, e.g. 1 has the angle 0, 1j has the angle Ï/2 and -1 the angle -Ï.

Note

While phase() and func:polar return +Ï for a negative real they may return -Ï for a complex with a very small negative imaginary part, e.g. -1-1E-300j.

Definition:

```z = r * exp(1j * phi)
z = r * cis(phi)

r := abs(z) := sqrt(real(z)**2 + imag(z)**2)
phi := phase(z) := atan2(imag(z), real(z))
cis(phi) := cos(phi) + 1j * sin(phi)
```
cmath.phase(x)Â¶
Return phase, also known as the argument, of a complex.
cmath.polar(x)Â¶
Convert a complex from rectangular coordinates to polar coordinates. The function returns a tuple with the two elements r and phi. r is the distance from 0 and phi the phase angle.
cmath.rect(r, phi)Â¶
Convert from polar coordinates to rectangular coordinates and return a complex.

## cmath functionsÂ¶

cmath.acos(x)Â¶
Return the arc cosine of x. There are two branch cuts: One extends right from 1 along the real axis to â, continuous from below. The other extends left from -1 along the real axis to -â, continuous from above.
cmath.acosh(x)Â¶
Return the hyperbolic arc cosine of x. There is one branch cut, extending left from 1 along the real axis to -â, continuous from above.
cmath.asin(x)Â¶
Return the arc sine of x. This has the same branch cuts as acos().
cmath.asinh(x)Â¶
Return the hyperbolic arc sine of x. There are two branch cuts: One extends from 1j along the imaginary axis to âj, continuous from the right. The other extends from -1j along the imaginary axis to -âj, continuous from the left.
cmath.atan(x)Â¶
Return the arc tangent of x. There are two branch cuts: One extends from 1j along the imaginary axis to âj, continuous from the right. The other extends from -1j along the imaginary axis to -âj, continuous from the left.
cmath.atanh(x)Â¶
Return the hyperbolic arc tangent of x. There are two branch cuts: One extends from 1 along the real axis to â, continuous from below. The other extends from -1 along the real axis to -â, continuous from above.
cmath.cos(x)Â¶
Return the cosine of x.
cmath.cosh(x)Â¶
Return the hyperbolic cosine of x.
cmath.exp(x)Â¶
Return the exponential value e**x.
cmath.isinf(x)Â¶
Return True if the real or the imaginary part of x is positive or negative infinity.
cmath.isnan(x)Â¶
Return True if the real or imaginary part of x is not a number (NaN).
cmath.log(x[, base])Â¶
Returns the logarithm of x to the given base. If the base is not specified, returns the natural logarithm of x. There is one branch cut, from 0 along the negative real axis to -â, continuous from above.
cmath.log10(x)Â¶
Return the base-10 logarithm of x. This has the same branch cut as log().
cmath.sin(x)Â¶
Return the sine of x.
cmath.sinh(x)Â¶
Return the hyperbolic sine of x.
cmath.sqrt(x)Â¶
Return the square root of x. This has the same branch cut as log().
cmath.tan(x)Â¶
Return the tangent of x.
cmath.tanh(x)Â¶
Return the hyperbolic tangent of x.

The module also defines two mathematical constants:

cmath.piÂ¶
The mathematical constant pi, as a float.
cmath.eÂ¶
The mathematical constant e, as a float.

Note that the selection of functions is similar, but not identical, to that in module math. The reason for having two modules is that some users aren’t interested in complex numbers, and perhaps don’t even know what they are. They would rather have math.sqrt(-1) raise an exception than return a complex number. Also note that the functions defined in cmath always return a complex number, even if the answer can be expressed as a real number (in which case the complex number has an imaginary part of zero).

A note on branch cuts: They are curves along which the given function fails to be continuous. They are a necessary feature of many complex functions. It is assumed that if you need to compute with complex functions, you will understand about branch cuts. Consult almost any (not too elementary) book on complex variables for enlightenment. For information of the proper choice of branch cuts for numerical purposes, a good reference should be the following:   