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# Deriving a Secant and Cosecant

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated August 18, 2023)
This tip applies to Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Microsoft 365

Excel includes many built-in functions that allow you to use a wide range of trigonometric functions. Two that are not included, however, are functions for determining a secant and a cosecant. Let's assume that an angle value, in radians, is stored in cell B7. If you need to know the secant of the angle, you can use the following formula:

```=1/COS(B7)
```

Likewise, if you need to know the cosecant of the angle, the following formula will do the trick:

```=1/SIN(B7)
```

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What is five more than 8?

2019-07-22 12:46:34

Gene Osten

Note: I would suggest a check for division for zero. Both SIN(θ) and COS(θ) can have the value zero.

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