Java Program to Implement the cos() Function

This is the Java Program to Implement the cos() Function (approximately).

Problem Description

Given an angle say x, in degrees find out the cosine of the angle approximately.

Problem Solution

The cosine of an angle x can be calculated using the following equation

cos x = 1 – (x2)/2! + (x4)/4! – (x6)/6! + ….. = Summation ((-1)n * x(2n)/(2n)!) for n = 0 to n = infinity.

Note: In the series, x is in radians.

Program/Source Code

Here is the source code of the Java Program to Implement the cos() Function(approximately). The program is successfully compiled and tested using IDE IntelliJ Idea in Windows 7. The program output is also shown below.

  2. // Java Program to Implement the cos() Function(approximately)
  4. import;
  5. import;
  7. public class Cosine {
  8.     // Function to read user input and calculate the cosine of the angle
  9.     public static void main(String[] args) {
  10.         BufferedReader br = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(;
  11.         double x;
  12.         try {
  13.             System.out.println("Enter the angle whose cosine is to be
  14.                                               calculated in degrees");
  15.             x = Double.parseDouble(br.readLine());
  16.         } catch (Exception e) {
  17.             System.out.println("An error occurred");
  18.             return;
  19.         }
  20.         double y;
  21.         y = x*Math.PI/180;
  22.         int n = 10;
  23.         int i,j,fac;
  24.         double cosine = 0;
  25.         for(i=0; i<=n; i++){
  26.             fac = 1;
  27.             for(j=2; j<=2*i; j++){
  28.                 fac*=j;
  29.             }
  30.             cosine+=Math.pow(-1.0,i)*Math.pow(y,2*i)/fac;
  31.         }
  32.         System.out.format("The cosine of " + x + " is %f",cosine);
  33.     }
  34. }
Program Explanation

1. In function main(), firstly the angle is entered in degrees and it is converted into radians.
2. The loop for(i=0; i<=n; i++) is used to calculate the ith term of the series.
3. The nested loop for(j=2; j<=2*i; j++) is used to calculate the factorial of 2i.
4. Finally, the ith term is added to the variable cosine.

Time Complexity: O(1).

Runtime Test Cases
Case 1 (Simple Test Case):
Enter the angle whose cosine is to be calculated in degrees
The cosine of 45.0 is 0.707107
Case 2 (Simple Test Case - another example):
Enter the angle whose cosine is to be calculated in degrees
The cosine of 75.0 is 0.258819

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