# Math.Tan Method

Silverlight

Returns the tangent of the specified angle.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

## Syntax

```'Declaration
<SecuritySafeCriticalAttribute> _
Public Shared Function Tan ( _
a As Double _
) As Double
```

#### Parameters

a
Type: System.Double

#### Return Value

Type: System.Double
The tangent of a. If a is equal to NaN, NegativeInfinity, or PositiveInfinity, this method returns NaN.

## Remarks

The angle, a, must be in radians. Multiply by Math.PI/180 to convert degrees to radians.

## Examples

The following example demonstrates how to calculate the tangent of an angle and display it to the console.

```
' This example demonstrates Math.Atan()
'                           Math.Atan2()
'                           Math.Tan()

Class Example
Public Shared Sub Demo(ByVal outputBlock As System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock)
Dim x As Double = 1.0
Dim y As Double = 2.0
Dim angle As Double
Dim result As Double

' Calculate the tangent of 30 degrees.
angle = 30
radians = angle * (Math.PI / 180)
outputBlock.Text &= String.Format("The tangent of 30 degrees is {0}.", result) & vbCrLf

' Calculate the arctangent of the previous tangent.
angle = radians * (180 / Math.PI)
outputBlock.Text &= String.Format("The previous tangent is equivalent to {0} degrees.", angle) & vbCrLf

' Calculate the arctangent of an angle.
Dim line1 As [String] = "{0}The arctangent of the angle formed by the x-axis and "
Dim line2 As [String] = "a vector to point ({0},{1}) is {2}, "
Dim line3 As [String] = "which is equivalent to {0} degrees."

angle = radians * (180 / Math.PI)

outputBlock.Text &= String.Format(line1, vbCrLf) & vbCrLf
outputBlock.Text &= String.Format(line2, x, y, radians) & vbCrLf
outputBlock.Text &= String.Format(line3, angle) & vbCrLf
End Sub 'Main
End Class 'Sample
'
'This example produces the following results:
'
'The tangent of 30 degrees is 0.577350269189626.
'The previous tangent is equivalent to 30 degrees.
'
'The arctangent of the angle formed by the x-axis and
'a vector to point (1,2) is 1.10714871779409,
'which is equivalent to 63.434948822922 degrees.
'

```

## Version Information

#### Silverlight

Supported in: 5, 4, 3

#### Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

#### XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

## Platforms

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.