The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 7, 2018 edition
IEEE Std 1003.1-2017 (Revision of IEEE Std 1003.1-2008)
Copyright © 2001-2018 IEEE and The Open Group


math.h - mathematical declarations


#include <math.h>


[CX] [Option Start] Some of the functionality described on this reference page extends the ISO C standard. Applications shall define the appropriate feature test macro (see XSH The Compilation Environment ) to enable the visibility of these symbols in this header. [Option End]

The <math.h> header shall define at least the following types:

A real-floating type at least as wide as float.
A real-floating type at least as wide as double, and at least as wide as float_t.

If FLT_EVAL_METHOD equals 0, float_t and double_t shall be float and double, respectively; if FLT_EVAL_METHOD equals 1, they shall both be double; if FLT_EVAL_METHOD equals 2, they shall both be long double; for other values of FLT_EVAL_METHOD, they are otherwise implementation-defined.

The <math.h> header shall define the following macros, where real-floating indicates that the argument shall be an expression of real-floating type:

int fpclassify(real-floating x);
int isfinite(real-floating x);
int isgreater(real-floating x, real-floating y);
int isgreaterequal(real-floating x, real-floating y);
int isinf(real-floating x);
int isless(real-floating x, real-floating y);
int islessequal(real-floating x, real-floating y);
int islessgreater(real-floating x, real-floating y);
int isnan(real-floating x);
int isnormal(real-floating x);
int isunordered(real-floating x, real-floating y);
int signbit(real-floating x);

The <math.h> header shall define the following symbolic constants. The values shall have type double and shall be accurate to at least the precision of the double type.

[XSI] [Option Start] Value of e [Option End]
[XSI] [Option Start] Value of log2e [Option End]
[XSI] [Option Start] Value of log10e[Option End]
[XSI] [Option Start] Value of loge2 [Option End]
[XSI] [Option Start] Value of loge10 [Option End]
[XSI] [Option Start] Value of [Option End]
[XSI] [Option Start] Value of /2 [Option End]
[XSI] [Option Start] Value of /4 [Option End]
[XSI] [Option Start] Value of 1/[Option End]
[XSI] [Option Start] Value of 2/ [Option End]
[XSI] [Option Start] Value of 2/ [Option End]
[XSI] [Option Start] Value of 2[Option End]
[XSI] [Option Start] Value of 1/ 2[Option End]

The <math.h> header shall define the following symbolic constant:

[OB XSI] [Option Start] Same value as FLT_MAX in <float.h>. [Option End]

The <math.h> header shall define the following macros:

A positive double constant expression, not necessarily representable as a float. Used as an error value returned by the mathematics library. HUGE_VAL evaluates to +infinity on systems supporting IEEE Std 754-1985.
A positive float constant expression. Used as an error value returned by the mathematics library. HUGE_VALF evaluates to +infinity on systems supporting IEEE Std 754-1985.
A positive long double constant expression. Used as an error value returned by the mathematics library. HUGE_VALL evaluates to +infinity on systems supporting IEEE Std 754-1985.
A constant expression of type float representing positive or unsigned infinity, if available; else a positive constant of type float that overflows at translation time.
A constant expression of type float representing a quiet NaN. This macro is only defined if the implementation supports quiet NaNs for the float type.

The following macros shall be defined for number classification. They represent the mutually-exclusive kinds of floating-point values. They expand to integer constant expressions with distinct values. Additional implementation-defined floating-point classifications, with macro definitions beginning with FP_ and an uppercase letter, may also be specified by the implementation.


The following optional macros indicate whether the fma() family of functions are fast compared with direct code:


If defined, the FP_FAST_FMA macro shall expand to the integer constant 1 and shall indicate that the fma() function generally executes about as fast as, or faster than, a multiply and an add of double operands. If undefined, the speed of execution is unspecified. The other macros have the equivalent meaning for the float and long double versions.

The following macros shall expand to integer constant expressions whose values are returned by ilogb(x) if x is zero or NaN, respectively. The value of FP_ILOGB0 shall be either {INT_MIN} or - {INT_MAX}. The value of FP_ILOGBNAN shall be either {INT_MAX} or {INT_MIN}.


The following macros shall expand to the integer constants 1 and 2, respectively;


The following macro shall expand to an expression that has type int and the value MATH_ERRNO, MATH_ERREXCEPT, or the bitwise-inclusive OR of both:


The value of math_errhandling is constant for the duration of the program. It is unspecified whether math_errhandling is a macro or an identifier with external linkage. If a macro definition is suppressed or a program defines an identifier with the name math_errhandling , the behavior is undefined. If the expression (math_errhandling & MATH_ERREXCEPT) can be non-zero, the implementation shall define the macros FE_DIVBYZERO, FE_INVALID, and FE_OVERFLOW in <fenv.h>.

The following shall be declared as functions and may also be defined as macros. Function prototypes shall be provided.

double      acos(double);
float       acosf(float);
double      acosh(double);
float       acoshf(float);
long double acoshl(long double);
long double acosl(long double);
double      asin(double);
float       asinf(float);
double      asinh(double);
float       asinhf(float);
long double asinhl(long double);
long double asinl(long double);
double      atan(double);
double      atan2(double, double);
float       atan2f(float, float);
long double atan2l(long double, long double);
float       atanf(float);
double      atanh(double);
float       atanhf(float);
long double atanhl(long double);
long double atanl(long double);
double      cbrt(double);
float       cbrtf(float);
long double cbrtl(long double);
double      ceil(double);
float       ceilf(float);
long double ceill(long double);
double      copysign(double, double);
float       copysignf(float, float);
long double copysignl(long double, long double);
double      cos(double);
float       cosf(float);
double      cosh(double);
float       coshf(float);
long double coshl(long double);
long double cosl(long double);
double      erf(double);
double      erfc(double);
float       erfcf(float);
long double erfcl(long double);
float       erff(float);
long double erfl(long double);
double      exp(double);
double      exp2(double);
float       exp2f(float);
long double exp2l(long double);
float       expf(float);
long double expl(long double);
double      expm1(double);
float       expm1f(float);
long double expm1l(long double);
double      fabs(double);
float       fabsf(float);
long double fabsl(long double);
double      fdim(double, double);
float       fdimf(float, float);
long double fdiml(long double, long double);
double      floor(double);
float       floorf(float);
long double floorl(long double);
double      fma(double, double, double);
float       fmaf(float, float, float);
long double fmal(long double, long double, long double);
double      fmax(double, double);
float       fmaxf(float, float);
long double fmaxl(long double, long double);
double      fmin(double, double);
float       fminf(float, float);
long double fminl(long double, long double);
double      fmod(double, double);
float       fmodf(float, float);
long double fmodl(long double, long double);
double      frexp(double, int *);
float       frexpf(float, int *);
long double frexpl(long double, int *);
double      hypot(double, double);
float       hypotf(float, float);
long double hypotl(long double, long double);
int         ilogb(double);
int         ilogbf(float);
int         ilogbl(long double);
[XSI][Option Start]
double      j0(double);
double      j1(double);
double      jn(int, double);
[Option End]
double      ldexp(double, int);
float       ldexpf(float, int);
long double ldexpl(long double, int);
double      lgamma(double);
float       lgammaf(float);
long double lgammal(long double);
long long   llrint(double);
long long   llrintf(float);
long long   llrintl(long double);
long long   llround(double);
long long   llroundf(float);
long long   llroundl(long double);
double      log(double);
double      log10(double);
float       log10f(float);
long double log10l(long double);
double      log1p(double);
float       log1pf(float);
long double log1pl(long double);
double      log2(double);
float       log2f(float);
long double log2l(long double);
double      logb(double);
float       logbf(float);
long double logbl(long double);
float       logf(float);
long double logl(long double);
long        lrint(double);
long        lrintf(float);
long        lrintl(long double);
long        lround(double);
long        lroundf(float);
long        lroundl(long double);
double      modf(double, double *);
float       modff(float, float *);
long double modfl(long double, long double *);
double      nan(const char *);
float       nanf(const char *);
long double nanl(const char *);
double      nearbyint(double);
float       nearbyintf(float);
long double nearbyintl(long double);
double      nextafter(double, double);
float       nextafterf(float, float);
long double nextafterl(long double, long double);
double      nexttoward(double, long double);
float       nexttowardf(float, long double);
long double nexttowardl(long double, long double);
double      pow(double, double);
float       powf(float, float);
long double powl(long double, long double);
double      remainder(double, double);
float       remainderf(float, float);
long double remainderl(long double, long double);
double      remquo(double, double, int *);
float       remquof(float, float, int *);
long double remquol(long double, long double, int *);
double      rint(double);
float       rintf(float);
long double rintl(long double);
double      round(double);
float       roundf(float);
long double roundl(long double);
double      scalbln(double, long);
float       scalblnf(float, long);
long double scalblnl(long double, long);
double      scalbn(double, int);
float       scalbnf(float, int);
long double scalbnl(long double, int);
double      sin(double);
float       sinf(float);
double      sinh(double);
float       sinhf(float);
long double sinhl(long double);
long double sinl(long double);
double      sqrt(double);
float       sqrtf(float);
long double sqrtl(long double);
double      tan(double);
float       tanf(float);
double      tanh(double);
float       tanhf(float);
long double tanhl(long double);
long double tanl(long double);
double      tgamma(double);
float       tgammaf(float);
long double tgammal(long double);
double      trunc(double);
float       truncf(float);
long double truncl(long double);
[XSI][Option Start]
double      y0(double);
double      y1(double);
double      yn(int, double);
[Option End]

The following external variable shall be defined:

[XSI][Option Start]
extern int signgam;
[Option End]

The behavior of each of the functions defined in <math.h> is specified in the System Interfaces volume of POSIX.1-2017 for all representable values of its input arguments, except where stated otherwise. Each function shall execute as if it were a single operation without generating any externally visible exceptional conditions.

The following sections are informative.


The FP_CONTRACT pragma can be used to allow (if the state is on) or disallow (if the state is off) the implementation to contract expressions. Each pragma can occur either outside external declarations or preceding all explicit declarations and statements inside a compound statement. When outside external declarations, the pragma takes effect from its occurrence until another FP_CONTRACT pragma is encountered, or until the end of the translation unit. When inside a compound statement, the pragma takes effect from its occurrence until another FP_CONTRACT pragma is encountered (including within a nested compound statement), or until the end of the compound statement; at the end of a compound statement the state for the pragma is restored to its condition just before the compound statement. If this pragma is used in any other context, the behavior is undefined. The default state (on or off) for the pragma is implementation-defined.

Applications should use FLT_MAX as described in the <float.h> header instead of the obsolescent MAXFLOAT.

Note that if FLT_EVAL_METHOD is neither 0 nor 1, then some constants might not compare equal as expected; for example, (double)M_PI == M_PI can fail.


Before the ISO/IEC 9899:1999 standard, the math library was defined only for the floating type double. All the names formed by appending 'f' or 'l' to a name in <math.h> were reserved to allow for the definition of float and long double libraries; and the ISO/IEC 9899:1999 standard provides for all three versions of math functions.

The functions ecvt(), fcvt(), and gcvt() have been dropped from the ISO C standard since their capability is available through sprintf().




<float.h>, <stddef.h> , <sys/types.h>

XSH The Compilation Environment, acos, acosh, asin, asinh, atan, atan2, atanh, cbrt, ceil, copysign, cos, cosh, erf, erfc, exp, exp2, expm1, fabs, fdim, floor, fma, fmax, fmin, fmod, fpclassify, frexp, hypot, ilogb, isfinite, isgreater, isgreaterequal, isinf, isless, islessequal, islessgreater, isnan, isnormal, isunordered, j0, ldexp, lgamma, llrint, llround, log, log10, log1p, log2, logb, lrint, lround, modf, nan, nearbyint, nextafter, pow, remainder, remquo, rint, round, scalbln, signbit, sin, sinh, sqrt, tan, tanh, tgamma, trunc, y0


First released in Issue 1.

Issue 6

This reference page is updated to align with the ISO/IEC 9899:1999 standard.

IEEE Std 1003.1-2001/Cor 2-2004, item XBD/TC2/D6/21 is applied, making it clear that the meaning of the FP_FAST_FMA macro is unspecified if the macro is undefined.

Issue 7

ISO/IEC 9899:1999 standard, Technical Corrigendum 2 #47 (SD5-XBD-ERN-52) is applied, clarifying the wording of the FP_FAST_FMA macro.

The MAXFLOAT constant is marked obsolescent.

This reference page is clarified with respect to macros and symbolic constants.

POSIX.1-2008, Technical Corrigendum 2, XBD/TC2-2008/0063 [801] and XBD/TC2-2008/0064 [801] are applied.

End of informative text.


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