SEC function

This article describes the formula syntax and usage of the SEC function (function: A prewritten formula that takes a value or values, performs an operation, and returns a value or values. Use functions to simplify and shorten formulas on a worksheet, especially those that perform lengthy or complex calculations.) in Microsoft Excel.

Description

Returns the secant of an angle.

Syntax

SEC(number)

The SEC function syntax has the following arguments.

Number    Required. Number is the angle in radians for which you want the secant.

Remarks

  • The absolute value of number must be less than 2^27.
  • If the angle is in degrees, either multiply the angle by PI()/180 or use the RADIANS function to covert the angle to radians.
  • If number is outside of its constraints, SEC returns the #NUM! error value.
  • If number is a non-numeric value, SEC returns the #VALUE! error values.

Example

The workbook below shows examples of this function. Inspect them, change existing formulas, or enter your own formulas to learn how the function works.

To work more in-depth with the example data in Excel, download the embedded workbook to your computer, and then open it in Excel.

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Applies to:
Excel 2013, Excel Online