This article describes the formula syntax and usage of the ATANfunction in Microsoft Excel.
Returns the arctangent, or inverse tangent, of a number. The arctangent is the angle whose tangent is number. The returned angle is given in radians in the range -pi/2 to pi/2.
The ATAN function syntax has the following arguments:
Number Required. The tangent of the angle you want.
To express the arctangent in degrees, multiply the result by 180/PI( ) or use the DEGREES function.
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