Using Degrees

To supply an angle to SEC in degrees, multiply the angle by PI()/180 or use the RADIANS function to convert to radians. For example, to get the COT of 60 degrees, you can use either formula below:


The graph of SEC, shown above, visualizes the output of the function for angles from 0 to a full rotation. The function has two vertical asymptotes at π/2 and 3π/2 respectively where the output of the function diverges to infinity. The SEC function is the reciprocal of COS and can be equivalently defined in the formula below: The relationship between SEC and COS is visualized in the graph of both of the functions shown below:

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