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April 9th, 2018, 05:10 AM   #1
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ARCTAN Equation distilled

Hi,
I've been given an equation for use in a project.
The system has limitations, e,g, it doesn't support '^'

Here is the equation: arctn= x/y/( 1+0.28125*( x/y )^2)*180/pi

Firstly does it look ok as an approximation of ARCTAN?

Second, is it possible to remove all brackets to show me the sequence of events, please?

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April 9th, 2018, 06:39 AM   #2
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What is the argument of arctan?
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What is the argument of arctan?
Hi S,
If I understand correctly, x and y are READings from a computer module App 1 to 500.
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If x/y = 1, what value should the arctan have and what does the formula give? Now try another value for x/y, such as 0.5.
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If x/y = 1, what value should the arctan have and what does the formula give? Now try another value for x/y, such as 0.5.
Hi S,
Someone on a programming forum, has done this for me as I'm a bit of a dunce when it comes to maths and trigonometry, but to add to my confusion, I think he reversed X and Y.

I actually only want to see the equation distilled to without brackets, if possible, so I can work out how it works.

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arctan(u) = u/(1 + 0.28125u²) is a reasonable approximation for |u| < 1.
So is arctan(u) = u/(1 + 0.282u²).
The above both give a result in radians, so multiplying by 180$^\circ$/pi gives the value in degrees.
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arctan(u) = u/(1 + 0.28125u²) is a reasonable approximation for |u| < 1.
So is arctan(u) = u/(1 + 0.282u²).
The above both give a result in radians, so multiplying by 180$^\circ$/pi gives the value in degrees.
Hi S,
The original equation is working, but I'll try your neater version tomorrow, thanks.
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