You have already learned about trigonometric functions and their properties. Unlike trigonometric functions, hyperbolic functions are defined for the hyperbola.

In this short lesson, you will learn about Tanh hyperbolic function and its properties including tanh function, tanh calculator, tanh formula, and tanh equation.

You can see the graphical representation of the Tanh function in the image below.

Graph of tanh

Lesson Plan

What Is Meant by Tanh?

Tanh is a hyperbolic function that is pronounced as "tansh."

The function Tanh is the ratio of Sinh and Cosh.


We can even work out with exponential function to define this function.


What Are the Formulas for Tanh Function?

There is more than one formula for the Tanh function.

Here are a few of the Tanh formulas.

\[\tanh{(x \pm y)}=\dfrac{\tanh{(x)} \pm \tanh{(y)}}{1 \pm \tanh{(x)}\tanh{(y)}}\]
\[\tanh{(2x)}=\dfrac{2\tanh{(x)}}{1 + \tanh^{2}{(x)}}\]
\[\tanh{\dfrac{x}{2}}=\dfrac{\sinh{x}}{1 + \cosh{x}}=\dfrac{\cosh{x}-1}{\sinh{x}}\]

Graphical Representation of Tanh Function 

You can see the graphical representation of the Tanh function in the image above.

Notice that the graph is symmetric along the origin. 

This means that the function is odd.

Here is a Tanh calculator for you to see a graphical representation of all hyperbolic functions.

What Are the Properties of Tan Function?

The word "tan" stands for the tangent.

The tangent function "\(\tan{x}\)" is one of the six basic trigonometric functions and its formula is:


Properties of \(\tan{x}\)

  • Negative value of the angle gives negative value of the tan function, \(\tan{-x}=-\tan{x}\)
  • It is a periodic function and its period is \(\pi\)
  • It is symmetric about the origin.
  • Its domain is a set of all real values except \(x=\dfrac{\pi}{2}+n\pi\), where \(n\) is an integer.
  • Its range is \((-\infty,\infty)\).

The properties of the hyperbolic functions are corresponding to the trigonometric functions.

Tanh equation that gives the relation between tan function and tanh function is:

\(\tanh{x}=-i\tan{ix}\), where \(i=\sqrt{-1}\)


Calculate the value of \(\tan{\left(-\dfrac{\pi}{4}\right)}\) by using properties of tan function.

To calculate it, apply the property \(\tan{-x}=-\tan{x}\).


What Is the Inverse of Tan Function?

The inverse of tan function is represented as \(\tan^{-1}{x}\).

The inverse function \(\tan^{-1}\) is also called \(a\tan\) and \(arc\tan\).

Tan and arctan relation

The inverse function \(\tan^{-1}{x}\) gives the value of the angle \(\theta\).

important notes to remember
Important Notes
  1. Tanh is the ratio of sinh and cosh.

  2. Tanh function is defined for all real numbers.

  3. The range of Tanh function is \((-1, 1)\).

  4. Tanh satisfies \(\tanh{(-x)}=-\tanh{(x)}\); so it is an odd function.

Solved Examples

Example 1



We know that \(\tanh=\dfrac{\sinh}{\cosh}\).

Use the representation of \(\sinh\) and \(\cosh\) in terms of exponential function to derive the formula \(\tanh=\dfrac{e^{x}-e^{-x}}{e^{x}+e^{-x}}\).


The hyperbolic function \(\sinh{x}\) is given by:


The hyperbolic function \(\cosh{x}\) is given by:


\(tanh\) is the ratio of \(\sinh{x}\) and \(\cosh{x}\).

\[\begin{align}\tanh{x}&=\dfrac{\sinh{x}}{\cosh{x}}\\\tanh{x}&=\left(\dfrac{e^{x}-e^{-x}}{2}\right) \div \left(\dfrac{e^{x}+e^{-x}}{2}\right)\\\tanh{x}&=\left(\dfrac{e^{x}-e^{-x}}{2}\right) \times\left(\dfrac{2}{e^{x}+e^{-x}}\right)\\\tanh&=\dfrac{e^{x}-e^{-x}}{e^{x}+e^{-x}}\end{align}\]

Hence, proved.
Example 2



What is the relation between \(\tan\) function and \(\tanh\) function? 

Can you prove it?


The relation between \(\tan\) function and \(\tanh\) function is \(\tan{x}=-i\tanh{ix}\). 


The hyperbolic function \(\sinh{x}\) is given by:


Now substitute \(ix\) for \(x\) in the above equation and apply the hyperbolic property \(\sinh{ix}=i\sin{x}\).


The hyperbolic function \(\cosh{x}\) is given by:


Now substitute \(ix\) for \(x\) in the above equation and apply the hyperbolic property \(\cosh{ix}=i\cos{x}\).


Now divide equation (1) by equation (2).

\[\begin{aligned}\dfrac{\sin{x}}{\cos{x}}&=\dfrac{\dfrac{e^{ix}-e^{-ix}}{2i}}{\dfrac{e^{ix}+e^{-ix}}{2}}\\\tan{x}&=\dfrac{1}{i}\cdot\dfrac{e^{ix}-e^{-ix}}{e^{ix}+e^{-ix}}\\&=\dfrac{\tanh{ix}}{i}\\&=\dfrac{i\tanh{ix}}{i\cdot i}\\&=\dfrac{i\tanh{ix}}{i^2}\\&=-i\tanh{ix}\end{aligned}\]

\(\therefore\) \(\tan{x}=-i\tanh{ix}\)
Example 3



The height of a building is 200 feet.

The building is at a distance of 150 feet from point A.

Representation of the angle

Can you calculate the angle \(\theta\) by using the \(arctan\) rule?


The triangle formed is a right-angle triangle.

Now apply the inverse of the tangent equation and calculate the value of angle \(theta\) using a calculator.


\(\therefore\) The angle is \(\theta=53.13^{\circ}\)
Thinking out of the box
Think Tank
  1. Can you draw the graph of hyperbolic function \(\coth{x}\) by using the graph of \(\tanh{x}\)?
  2. Calculate the relation between \(\coth\) function and \(\cot\) function by using the tan hyperbolic property \(tanx=-i\tanh{ix}\).

Interactive Questions

Here are a few activities for you to practice.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Is Tanh inverse Tan?

No, Tanh is not the inverse of Tan.

2. What is the range of Tanh?

The range of Tanh function is (-1, 1).

3. What does Sine mean?

Sine is a trigonometric function.

In a right-angled triangle, it is the ratio of perpendicular to the hypotenuse.

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