Returns a Double specifying the cosine of an angle.


Cos( number )

The required numberargument is a Double or any valid numeric expression that expresses an angle in radians.


The Cos function takes an angle and returns the ratio of two sides of a right triangle. The ratio is the length of the side adjacent to the angle divided by the length of the hypotenuse.

The result lies in the range -1 to 1.

To convert degrees to radians, multiply degrees by pi/180. To convert radians to degrees, multiply radians by 180/pi.

Query example



SELECT Cos(90) AS Cosine FROM ProductSales GROUP BY Cos(90);

Returns the "Cosine" of the number argument (any numeric expression that expresses an angle in radians) and displays in the column Cosine.

VBA example

Note: Examples that follow demonstrate the use of this function in a Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) module. For more information about working with VBA, select Developer Reference in the drop-down list next to Search and enter one or more terms in the search box.

This example uses the Cos function to return the cosine of an angle.

Dim MyAngle, MySecant
MyAngle = 1.3 ' Define angle in radians.
MySecant = 1 / Cos(MyAngle) ' Calculate secant.

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