# Derivative of cosecant

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## Theorem

The following formula holds: $$\dfrac{\mathrm{d}}{\mathrm{d}z} \csc(z)=- \cot(z)\csc(z),$$ where $\csc$ denotes the cosecant function and $\cot$ denotes the cotangent function.

## Proof

Using the quotient rule and the definitions of cosecant and cotangent, $$\begin{array}{ll} \dfrac{\mathrm{d}}{\mathrm{d}z} \csc(z) &= \dfrac{\mathrm{d}}{\mathrm{d}z} \left[ \dfrac{1}{\sin(z)} \right] \\ &= \dfrac{0-\cos(z)}{\sin^2(z)} \\ &= -\csc(z)\cot(z), \end{array}$$ as was to be shown. █

## References

- 1964: Milton Abramowitz and Irene A. Stegun:
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