The Guderman function, Θ = gd(x) is an odd function, named after the 19th century German mathematician Christopher Gudermann. It is also called the Gudermannian function, or just “the Gudermannian”.
This function is particularly useful when dealing with circular functions and hyperbolic functions, because it negates the need to use imaginary arguments (Fogiel, 1984). The Gudermannian is included in various applied mathematical definitions, including the angle of parallelism in hyperbolic geometry (½π = gd x) and the transverse Mercator projection, which uses a horizontal cylinder oriented tangent to a Meridian.
Gudermann Function Definition
This function can be defined in various ways. One of the most common (and simplest) is:
It can also be defined as:
Various other definitions can be found in the literature, including:
- gd x = arcsin(tan x) = arctan (sinh x) = arccsc(coth x)
- gd x = 2 arctan [tanh(½x)]
- gd x = 2 arctan(ex – ½π
- gd x = sgn (x) · arccos(sech x) = sgn(x) · arcsec(cosh x)
- arcsin = Inverse Sine
- arctan = Inverse Tangent
- arccos = Inverse Cosine
- arccsc = Inverse Cosecant
- arcsec = Inverse Secant
- cosh / coth / sech / tanh = Hyperbolic functions
- sgn = Sign / Signum
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