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How To Use SIN() Function in Google Sheets


Returns the sine of an angle provided in radians.

Common questions about the SIN formula:
  • What is the SIN formula? How do I use the SIN formula?
  • What does the SIN formula do?
  • How can I make sure I am entering the SIN formula correctly?

How can the SIN formula be used appropriately:
The SIN formula can be used to calculate the sine of a given angle in radians.

How can the SIN formula be commonly mistyped:
The SIN formula can be mistyped by accidentially typing SIN instead of SINH or vice versa. Other common mistakes include accidentally typing degree measurement instead of radian measurement, or not properly matching parentheses.

What are some common ways the SIN formula is used inappropriately:
Using the SIN formula to calculate the angle represented by a given sine value instead of the sine of a given angle. Misunderstanding the units of the input and output values of the SIN formula.

What are some common pitfalls when using the SIN formula:
Making sure the angle is expressed with radians and not degrees, incorrect order of operations, using an incorrect version of the SIN formula, or using the wrong version of the SIN formula for inverse operations (SINH versus SIN).

What are common mistakes when using the SIN Formula:
Not converting angles from degrees to radians in order to input the correct value into the SIN formula, forgetting to use parentheses correctly, not typing the correct version of the SIN formula, or typing in the wrong angle measurement for the input of the SIN formula.

What are common misconceptions people might have with the SIN Formula:
That sine is the inverse of cosine or tangent, that sine can be used to calculate angles, or that sine can only be used to calculate angles using degree measurements.

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