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The Math.atanh() function returns the hyperbolic arctangent of a number, that is

x(-1,1),Math.atanh(x)=arctanh(x)= the unique ysuch thattanh(y)=x\forall x \in \left( -1, 1 \right), \mathtt{\operatorname{Math.atanh}(x)} = \operatorname{arctanh}(x) = \text{ the unique } \; y \; \text{such that} \; \tanh(y) = x




A number.

Return value

The hyperbolic arctangent of the given number.


Because atanh() is a static method of Math, you always use it as Math.atanh(), rather than as a method of a Math object you created (Math is not a constructor).


Using Math.atanh()

Math.atanh(-2);  // NaN
Math.atanh(-1);  // -Infinity
Math.atanh(0);   // 0
Math.atanh(0.5); // 0.5493061443340548
Math.atanh(1);   // Infinity
Math.atanh(2);   // NaN

For values greater than 1 or less than -1, NaN is returned.


For |x|<1\left|x\right| < 1, we have artanh(x)=12ln(1+x1-x)\operatorname {artanh} (x) = \frac{1}{2}\ln \left( \frac{1 + x}{1 - x} \right) so this can be emulated by the following function:

Math.atanh = Math.atanh || function(x) {
  return Math.log((1+x)/(1-x)) / 2;


Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Math.atanh' in that specification.
Standard Initial definition.
ECMAScript Latest Draft (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Math.atanh' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support38 Yes25 No258
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support Yes Yes Yes25 Yes8 Yes

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