The Gudermannian function, named after Christoph Gudermann
Christoph Gudermann was born in Vienenburg. He was the son of a school teacher and became a teacher himself after studying at the University of Göttingen, where his advisor was Karl Friedrich Gauss...
(1798–1852), relates the circular functions and hyperbolic function
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s without using complex numbers.
It is defined by
Some related formulas don't quite work as definitions. For example, for real x, . (See inverse trigonometric function
Inverse trigonometric function
In mathematics, the inverse trigonometric functions are the inverse functions of the trigonometric functions with suitably restricted domains .The notations sin−1, cos−1, etc...
The following identities hold:
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Gudermannian function, which is defined on the interval −π/2 < x < π/2, is given by
(See inverse hyperbolic function
Inverse hyperbolic function
The inverses of the hyperbolic functions are the area hyperbolic functions. The names hint at the fact that they give the area of a sector of the unit hyperbola in the same way that the inverse trigonometric functions give the arc length of a sector on the unit circle...
In calculus, a branch of mathematics, the derivative is a measure of how a function changes as its input changes. Loosely speaking, a derivative can be thought of as how much one quantity is changing in response to changes in some other quantity; for example, the derivative of the position of a...
s of the Gudermannian and its inverse are
defines the angle of parallelism
Angle of parallelism
In hyperbolic geometry, the angle of parallelism φ, also known as Π, is the angle at one vertex of a right hyperbolic triangle that has two asymptotic parallel sides. The angle depends on the segment length a between the right angle and the vertex of the angle of parallelism φ...
function in hyperbolic geometry
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HistoryThe function was introduced by Johann Heinrich Lambert
Johann Heinrich Lambert
Johann Heinrich Lambert was a Swiss mathematician, physicist, philosopher and astronomer.Asteroid 187 Lamberta was named in his honour.-Biography:...
in the 1760s at the same time as the hyperbolic functions. He called it the "transcendent angle," and it went by various names until 1862 when Arthur Cayley
Arthur Cayley F.R.S. was a British mathematician. He helped found the modern British school of pure mathematics....
suggested it be given its current name as a tribute to Gudermann's work in the 1830s on the theory of special functions. Gudermann had published articles in Crelle's Journal
Crelle's Journal, or just Crelle, is the common name for a mathematics journal, the Journal für die reine und angewandte Mathematik .- History :...
that were collected in Theorie der potenzial- oder cyklisch-hyperbolischen functionen (1833), a book which expounded sinh and cosh to a wide audience (under the guises of and ).
The notation gd first appears on page 19 of the Philosophical Magazine
The Philosophical Magazine is one of the oldest scientific journals published in English. Initiated by Alexander Tilloch in 1798, in 1822 Richard Taylor became joint editor and it has been published continuously by Taylor & Francis ever since; it was the journal of choice for such luminaries as...
, vol. XXIV, where Cayley starts by calling gd. u the inverse of the integral of the secant function
Integral of the secant function
The integral of the secant function of trigonometry was the subject of one of the "outstanding open problems of the mid-seventeenth century", solved in 1668 by James Gregory. In 1599, Edward Wright evaluated the integral by numerical methods – what today we would call Riemann sums...
and then derives "the definition" of the transcendent:
observing immediately that it is a real function of u.
ApplicationsThe Gudermannian of the latitudinal
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(due North/South) distance from the equator
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on a Mercator projection
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is the meridian arc
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length, i.e. actual latitude on the globe.
The Gudermannian appears in a non-periodic solution of the inverted pendulum
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- Hyperbolic secant distribution
- Mercator projectionMercator projectionThe Mercator projection is a cylindrical map projection presented by the Belgian geographer and cartographer Gerardus Mercator, in 1569. It became the standard map projection for nautical purposes because of its ability to represent lines of constant course, known as rhumb lines or loxodromes, as...
- Tangent half-angle formula
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- Trigonometric identity