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In mathematics, hyperbolic functions are analogs of the ordinary trigonometric, or circular, functions. The basic hyperbolic functions are the hyperbolic sine "sinh" (typically pronounced /ˈsɪntʃ/ or /ˈʃaɪn/), and the hyperbolic cosine "cosh" (typically pronounced /ˈkɒʃ/), from which are derived the hyperbolic tangent "tanh" (typically pronounced /ˈtæntʃ/ or /ˈθæn/), etc., in analogy to the derived trigonometric functions. The inverse hyperbolic functions are the area hyperbolic sine "arsinh" (also called "asinh", or sometimes by the misnomer of "arcsinh"[1]) and so on.

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 some important linear differential equations, for example the equation defining a catenary, and Laplace's equation in Cartesian coordinates. The latter is important in many areas of physics, including electromagnetic theory, heat transfer, fluid dynamics, and special relativity.

A ray through the origin intercepts the hyperbola \scriptstyle x2 - y2 = 1 in the point cosh,a ,sinh,a), where a is twice the area between the ray and the \scriptstyle x-axis. For points on the hyperbola below the \scriptstyle x-axis, the area is considered negative (see animated version with comparison with the trigonometric (circular) functions).

The hyperbolic functions take real values for a real argument called a hyperbolic angle. In complex analysis, they are simply rational functions of exponentials, and so are meromorphic.

Hyperbolic functions were introduced in the 1760s independently by Vincenzo Riccati and Johann Heinrich Lambert.[2] Riccati used Sc. and Cc. ([co]sinus circulare) to refer to circular functions and Sh. and Ch. ([co]sinus hyperbolico) to refer to hyperbolic functions. Lambert adopted the names but altered the abbreviations to what they are today.[3]

Standard algebraic expressions

sinh, cosh and tanh

csch, sech and coth

The hyperbolic functions are:

* Hyperbolic sine:

* Hyperbolic cosine:

* Hyperbolic tangent:

* Hyperbolic cotangent:

* Hyperbolic secant:

* Hyperbolic cosecant:

Hyperbolic functions can be introduced via imaginary circular angles:

* Hyperbolic sine:

* Hyperbolic cosine:

* Hyperbolic tangent:

* Hyperbolic cotangent:

* Hyperbolic secant:

* Hyperbolic cosecant:

where i is the imaginary unit defined as i2 = -1.

The complex forms in the definitions above derive from Euler's formula.

Note that, by convention, sinh2 x means (sinh x)2, not sinh(sinh x); similarly for the other hyperbolic functions when used with positive exponents. Another notation for the hyperbolic cotangent function is ctnh x, though coth x is far more common.

Useful relations


It can be seen that cosh x and sech x are even functions; the others are odd functions.

Hyperbolic sine and cosine satisfy the identity

which is similar to the Pythagorean trigonometric identity.

The hyperbolic tangent is the solution to the nonlinear boundary value problem[4]:

It can also be shown that the area under the graph of cosh x from A to B is equal to the arc length of cosh x from A to B.

Inverse functions as logarithms


Standard Integrals

For a full list of integrals of hyperbolic functions, see list of integrals of hyperbolic functions

In the above expressions, C is called the constant of integration.

Taylor series expressions

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 trigonometric functions

Consider these two subsets of the Cartesian plane

Then A forms the right branch of the hyperbola {(x,y): x2 − y2 = 1}, while B is the unit circle. Evidently = {(1,0)}. The primary difference is that the map t → B is a periodic function while t → A is not.

There is a close analogy of A with B through split-complex numbers in comparison with ordinary complex numbers, and its circle group. In particular, the maps t → A and t → B are the exponential map in each case. They are both instances of one-parameter groups in Lie theory where all groups evolve out of the identity . For contrast, in the terminology of topological groups, B forms a compact group while A is non-compact since it is unbounded.

The hyperbolic functions satisfy many identities, all of them similar in form to the trigonometric identities. In fact, Osborn's rule [5] states that one can convert any trigonometric identity 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 2, 6, 10, 14, ... sinhs. This yields for example the addition theorems

the "double angle formulas"

and the "half-angle formulas"

Note: This corresponds to its circular counterpart.

Note: This is equivalent to its circular counterpart multiplied by −1.

cosh2x − sinh2x = 1

The derivative of sinh x is cosh x and the derivative of cosh x is sinh x; this is similar to trigonometric functions, albeit the sign is different (i.e., the derivative of cos x is −sin x).

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 under gravity.

Relationship to the exponential function

From the definitions of the hyperbolic sine and cosine, we can derive the following identities:


These expressions are analogous to the expressions for sine and cosine, based on Euler's formula, as sums of complex exponentials.

Hyperbolic functions for complex numbers

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 2πi (πi for hyperbolic tangent and cotangent).

Hyperbolic functions in the complex plane

See also

* Catenary
* e (mathematical constant)
* Equal incircles theorem, based on sinh
* Inverse hyperbolic function
* List of integrals of hyperbolic functions
* Poinsot's spirals
* Sigmoid function


1. ^ Some examples of using arcsinh found in Google Books.
2. ^ Robert E. Bradley, Lawrence A. D'Antonio, Charles Edward Sandifer. Euler at 300: an appreciation. Mathematical Association of America, 2007. Page 100.
3. ^ Georg F. Becker. Hyperbolic functions. Read Books, 1931. Page xlviii.
4. ^ Eric W. Weisstein. "Hyperbolic Tangent". MathWorld. Retrieved 2008-10-20.
5. ^ G. Osborn, Mnemonic for hyperbolic formulae, The Mathematical Gazette, p. 189, volume 2, issue 34, July 1902


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