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# sec

Secant of angle in radians

## Syntax

``Y = sec(X)``

## Description

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````Y = sec(X)` returns the secant of the elements of `X`. The `sec` function operates element-wise on arrays. The function accepts both real and complex inputs. For real values of `X` in the interval [-Inf, Inf], `sec` returns real values in the interval [-Inf ,-1] and [1,Inf]. For complex values of `X`, `sec` returns complex values. All angles are in radians.```

## Examples

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Plot the secant over the domain and .

```x1 = -pi/2+0.01:0.01:pi/2-0.01; x2 = pi/2+0.01:0.01:(3*pi/2)-0.01; plot(x1,sec(x1),x2,sec(x2)), grid on```

Calculate the secant of the complex angles in vector `x`.

```x = [-i pi+i*pi/2 -1+i*4]; y = sec(x)```
```y = 0.6481 + 0.0000i -0.3985 + 0.0000i 0.0198 - 0.0308i ```

## Input Arguments

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Input angle in radians, specified as a scalar, vector, matrix, or multidimensional array.

Data Types: `single` | `double`
Complex Number Support: Yes

## Output Arguments

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Secant of input angle, returned as real-valued or complex-valued scalar, vector, matrix or multidimensional array.

## More About

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### Secant Function

The secant of an angle, α, defined with reference to a right angled triangle is

The secant of a complex angle, α, is

`$\text{sec}\left(\alpha \right)=\frac{2}{{e}^{i\alpha }+{e}^{-i\alpha }}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}.$`

## See Also

#### Introduced before R2006a

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