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The Math.tan() function returns the tangent of a number.

Syntax

Math.tan(x)

Parameters

x
A number representing an angle in radians.

Return value

The tangent of the given number.

Description

The Math.tan() method returns a numeric value that represents the tangent of the angle.

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

Examples

Using Math.tan()

Math.tan(1); // 1.5574077246549023

Because the Math.tan() function accepts radians, but it is often easier to work with degrees, the following function accepts a value in degrees, converts it to radians and returns the tangent.

function getTanDeg(deg) {
  var rad = deg * Math.PI/180;
  return Math.tan(rad);
}

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 1st Edition (ECMA-262) Standard Initial definition. Implemented in JavaScript 1.0.
ECMAScript 5.1 (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Math.tan' in that specification.
Standard  
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Math.tan' in that specification.
Standard  
ECMAScript Latest Draft (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Math.tan' in that specification.
Draft  

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes Yes1 Yes Yes Yes
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support Yes Yes Yes4 Yes Yes Yes

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