Hyperbolic functions

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In mathematics, hyperbolic functions are analogs of the ordinary trigonometric functions defined for the hyperbola rather than on the circle: just as the points (cos t, sin t) form a circle with a unit radius, the points (cosh t, sinh t) form the right half of the equilateral hyperbola.

Hyperbolic functions occur in the solutions of many linear differential equations (for example, the equation defining a catenary), of some cubic equations, in calculations of angles and distances in hyperbolic geometry, and of Laplace's equation in Cartesian coordinates. Laplace's equations are important in many areas of physics, including electromagnetic theory, heat transfer, fluid dynamics, and special relativity.

The basic hyperbolic functions are:

from which are derived:

corresponding to the derived trigonometric functions.

The inverse hyperbolic functions are:

  • area hyperbolic sine "arsinh" (also denoted "sinh−1", "asinh" or sometimes "arcsinh")[7][8][9]
  • and so on.
A ray through the unit hyperbola x2y2 = 1 in the point (cosh a, sinh a), where a is twice the area between the ray, the hyperbola, and the x-axis. For points on the hyperbola below the x-axis, the area is considered negative (see animated version with comparison with the trigonometric (circular) functions).

The hyperbolic functions take a real argument called a hyperbolic angle. The size of a hyperbolic angle is twice the area of its hyperbolic sector. The hyperbolic functions may be defined in terms of the legs of a right triangle covering this sector.

In complex analysis, the hyperbolic functions arise as the imaginary parts of sine and cosine. The hyperbolic sine and the hyperbolic cosine are entire functions. As a result, the other hyperbolic functions are meromorphic in the whole complex plane.

By Lindemann–Weierstrass theorem, the hyperbolic functions have a transcendental value for every non-zero algebraic value of the argument.[10]

Hyperbolic functions were introduced in the 1760s independently by Vincenzo Riccati and Johann Heinrich Lambert.[11] Riccati used Sc. and Cc. (sinus/cosinus circulare) to refer to circular functions and Sh. and Ch. (sinus/cosinus hyperbolico) to refer to hyperbolic functions. Lambert adopted the names but altered the abbreviations to those used today.[12] The abbreviations sh, ch, th, cth are also currently used, depending on personal preference.


sinh, cosh and tanh
csch, sech and coth

There are various equivalent ways to define the hyperbolic functions.

Exponential definitionsEdit

sinh x is half the difference of ex and ex
cosh x is the average of ex and ex

In terms of the exponential function:

  • Hyperbolic sine: the odd part of the exponential function, that is
  • Hyperbolic cosine: the even part of the exponential function, that is
  • Hyperbolic tangent:
  • Hyperbolic cotangent: for x ≠ 0,
  • Hyperbolic secant:
  • Hyperbolic cosecant: for x ≠ 0,

Differential equation definitionsEdit

The hyperbolic functions may be defined as solutions of differential equations: The hyperbolic sine and cosine are the unique solution (s, c) of the system


such that s(0) = 0 and c(0) = 1.

They are also the unique solution of the equation f ″(x) = f (x), such that f (0) = 1, f ′(0) = 0 for the hyperbolic cosine, and f (0) = 0, f ′(0) = 1 for the hyperbolic sine.

Complex trigonometric definitionsEdit

Hyperbolic functions may also be deduced from trigonometric functions with complex arguments:

  • Hyperbolic sine:
  • Hyperbolic cosine:
  • Hyperbolic tangent:
  • Hyperbolic cotangent:
  • Hyperbolic secant:
  • Hyperbolic cosecant:

where i is the imaginary unit with i2 = −1.

The above definitions are related to the exponential definitions via Euler's formula. (See "Hyperbolic functions for complex numbers" below.)

Characterizing propertiesEdit

Hyperbolic cosineEdit

It can be shown that the area under the curve of the hyperbolic cosine over a finite interval is always equal to the arc length corresponding to that interval:[13]


Hyperbolic tangentEdit

The hyperbolic tangent is the solution to the differential equation f ′ = 1 − f2 with f (0) = 0 and the nonlinear boundary value problem:[14][15]


Useful relationsEdit

The hyperbolic functions satisfy many identities, all of them similar in form to the trigonometric identities. In fact, Osborn's rule[16] states that one can convert any trigonometric identity for  ,  ,   or   and  , into a hyperbolic identity by expanding it completely in terms of integral powers of sines and cosines, changing sine to sinh and cosine to cosh, and switching the sign of every term which contains a product of two sinhs.

Odd and even functions:




Thus, cosh x and sech x are even functions; the others are odd functions.


Hyperbolic sine and cosine satisfy:


the last of which is similar to the Pythagorean trigonometric identity.

One also has


for the other functions.

Sums of argumentsEdit






Subtraction formulasEdit




Half argument formulasEdit


where sgn is the sign function.

If x ≠ 0, then[18]


Square formulasEdit



The following inequality is useful in statistics:   [19]

It can be proved by comparing term by term the Taylor series of the two functions.

Inverse functions as logarithmsEdit




Second derivativesEdit

Sinh and cosh are both equal to their second derivative, that is:


All functions with this property are linear combinations of sinh and cosh, in particular the exponential functions   and  .

Standard integralsEdit


The following integrals can be proved using hyperbolic substitution:


where C is the constant of integration.

Taylor series expressionsEdit

It is possible to express the above functions as Taylor series:


The function sinh x has a Taylor series expression with only odd exponents for x. Thus it is an odd function, that is, −sinh x = sinh(−x), and sinh 0 = 0.


The function cosh x has a Taylor series expression with only even exponents for x. Thus it is an even function, that is, symmetric with respect to the y-axis. The sum of the sinh and cosh series is the infinite series expression of the exponential function.



  is the nth Bernoulli number
  is the nth Euler number

Comparison with circular functionsEdit

Circle and hyperbola tangent at (1,1) display geometry of circular functions in terms of circular sector area u and hyperbolic functions depending on hyperbolic sector area u.

The hyperbolic functions represent an expansion of trigonometry beyond the circular functions. Both types depend on an argument, either circular angle or hyperbolic angle.

Since the area of a circular sector with radius r and angle u (in radians) is r2u/2, it will be equal to u when r = 2. In the diagram such a circle is tangent to the hyperbola xy = 1 at (1,1). The yellow sector depicts an area and angle magnitude. Similarly, the yellow and red sectors together depict an area and hyperbolic angle magnitude.

The legs of the two right triangles with hypotenuse on the ray defining the angles are of length 2 times the circular and hyperbolic functions.

The hyperbolic angle is an invariant measure with respect to the squeeze mapping, just as the circular angle is invariant under rotation.[20]

The Gudermannian function gives a direct relationship between the circular functions and the hyperbolic ones that does not involve complex numbers.

The graph of the function a cosh(x/a) is the catenary, the curve formed by a uniform flexible chain hanging freely between two fixed points under uniform gravity.

Relationship to the exponential functionEdit

The decomposition of the exponential function in its even and odd parts gives the identities




The first one is analogous to Euler's formula




Hyperbolic functions for complex numbersEdit

Since the exponential function can be defined for any complex argument, we can extend the definitions of the hyperbolic functions also to complex arguments. The functions sinh z and cosh z are then holomorphic.

Relationships to ordinary trigonometric functions are given by Euler's formula for complex numbers:




Thus, hyperbolic functions are periodic with respect to the imaginary component, with period   (  for hyperbolic tangent and cotangent).

Hyperbolic functions in the complex plane

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ a b Collins Concise Dictionary, p. 328
  3. ^ Collins Concise Dictionary, p. 1520
  4. ^ Collins Concise Dictionary, p. 1340
  5. ^ Collins Concise Dictionary, p. 329
  6. ^ tanh
  7. ^ Woodhouse, N. M. J. (2003), Special Relativity, London: Springer, p. 71, ISBN 978-1-85233-426-0
  8. ^ Abramowitz, Milton; Stegun, Irene A., eds. (1972), Handbook of Mathematical Functions with Formulas, Graphs, and Mathematical Tables, New York: Dover Publications, ISBN 978-0-486-61272-0
  9. ^ Some examples of using arcsinh found in Google Books.
  10. ^ Niven, Ivan (1985). Irrational Numbers. 11. Mathematical Association of America. ISBN 9780883850381. JSTOR 10.4169/j.ctt5hh8zn.
  11. ^ Robert E. Bradley, Lawrence A. D'Antonio, Charles Edward Sandifer. Euler at 300: an appreciation. Mathematical Association of America, 2007. Page 100.
  12. ^ Georg F. Becker. Hyperbolic functions. Read Books, 1931. Page xlviii.
  13. ^ N.P., Bali (2005). Golden Integral Calculus. Firewall Media. p. 472. ISBN 81-7008-169-6.
  14. ^ Weisstein, Eric W. "Hyperbolic Tangent". MathWorld.
  15. ^ "Derivation of tanh solution to 1/2f" = f3f". Math StackExchange. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  16. ^ Osborn, G. (July 1902). "Mnemonic for hyperbolic formulae". The Mathematical Gazette. 2 (34): 189. doi:10.2307/3602492. JSTOR 3602492.
  17. ^ Martin, George E. (1986). The foundations of geometry and the non-euclidean plane (1st corr. ed.). New York: Springer-Verlag. p. 416. ISBN 3-540-90694-0.
  18. ^ "Prove the identity". StackExchange (mathematics). Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  19. ^ Audibert, Jean-Yves (2009). "Fast learning rates in statistical inference through aggregation". The Annals of Statistics. p. 1627. [1]
  20. ^ Mellen W. Haskell, "On the introduction of the notion of hyperbolic functions", Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 1:6:155–9, full text

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