# Is tangent even or odd?

## Answer: For a tangent function, f(−x) = −f(x), so tangent can be said to be an odd function.

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**Explanation:**

tan(x) = sin(x) / cos(x)

It is already known that sine and cosine functions are odd and even respectively. Therefore, on substituting x with -x we get,

cos(x) = cos(−x)

sin(x) = −sin(−x)

Using these values in the tangent function, we get:

sin(x) / cos(x) = −sin(−x) / cos(−x) = −tan(−x)

Dividing the equation tan(x) = −tan(−x) by −1 gives

−tan(x) = tan(−x)

Thus, we see f(-x) = -f(x) which is a property of odd function.

### Thus tangent can be given the form f(−x) = −f(x), so tangent can be said to be an odd function.

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