The Excel Imcos function returns the cosine of a supplied complex number.
The format of the function is:
where the inumber argument is a complex number.
Note that complex numbers are simply stored as text in Excel. When a text string in the format "a+bi" or "a+bj" is supplied to one of Excel's built-in complex number functions, this is interpreted as a complex number.
Also the complex number functions can accept a simple numeric value, as this is equivalent to a complex number whose imaginary coefficient is equal to 0.
Therefore, the inumber argument can be supplied to the Excel Imcos function as either:
The spreadsheet below shows 4 different examples of the Imcos function.
The format of the functions are shown in the spreadsheet on the left and the resulting values are shown in the spreadsheet on the right.
Note that, in cell B1 of the above spreadsheet, the supplied inumber argument is the real number 0.5, which is equal to the complex number 0.5+0i.
Further information and examples of the Excel Imcos function can be found on the Microsoft Office website
If you get an error from the Excel Imcos Function, this is likely to be one of the following:
|#NUM!||-||Occurs if the supplied inumber argument is not recognised as a complex number|
Occurs when Analysis ToolPak add-in is not enabled in your Excel.