Utility-chic circa Marc Jacobs 90s grunge era
cathetus function takes a pair of doubles representing, respectively, the (lengths of) the hypotenuse and a side (a
cathetus) of a right triangle and returns a double which is the
length of the other side. Thus it is a companion to the standard library
hypot function (and like it, care is taken to avoid floating point overflow
and underflow as would occur in a naïve implementation of this functionality).
Note that the input values may be negative, but the output values are always non-negative
Returns the length of the unspecifed cathetus. If the input hypotenuse is
NAN, then the same is returned; if the input hypotenuse is ±
INFINITY and the input cathetus is finite or
INFINITY is returned; if the input
hypotenuse is ±
INFINITY and the input cathetus is ±
NAN is returned; if the input
hypotenuse is finite and the input cathetus is ±
NAN, or larger (in absolute value) than the hypotenuse, then
NAN is returned.
It is possible to pass small normalised values to function such that the result is
subnormal, but it is not possible for the result to underflow. Nor does the function overflow.
There are no inputs for which the function sets
errno, nor for
which a floating point exception is raised.