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Define the inverse cotangent function by restricting the domain of the cotangent function to the interval (0, π). Evaluate the expression without using a calculator. (Enter your answer in radians.)
arccot(− √3)

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  1. arccot(− √3) means you are looking for an angle θ
    so that cot θ = -√3 = -√3/1
    or tan θ = -1/√3

    now, you should be familiar with the 30-60-90° triangle and the corresponding
    side ratios of 1 : √3 : 2
    that is, you should know that tan30° = 1/√3 or tan π/6 = 1/√3
    but, we are told that the tangent is negative and we are restricted to 0 ≤ θ ≤ π
    so θ must be in the 2nd quadrant, and θ = π-π/5 = 5π/6

    arccot(− √3) = 5π/6

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