# How do you find the value for #sec^-1( 2/ sqrt3)#?

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Jun 5, 2015

The value

Let

Take the secant of each side,

Substitute

These numbers are common. There is a specific triangle to be remembered that allows us to find these sorts of trigonometric values exactly.

Start with an equilateral triangle with all sides of length 2.

Now cut it in half to get the triangle we need

Recall that the cosine of an angle is equal to the adjacent over the hypotenuse. From the diagram we see that

Therefore