# Find Derivative of f(x) = arctan(tan(x)) and graph it

A calculus tutorial on how to find the first derivative of f(x) = arctan(tan(x)) and graph f and f ' in its natural domain.

 f(x) is defined for all values x in R except x = pi/2 + k * Pi, where k is an integer. Since tan(x) is periodic, then f(x) = arctan(tan(x)) is also a periodic function. As x increases from -pi/2 to Pi/2 exclusive, tan(x) increases from infinitely small values (- infinity) to infinitely large values (+ infinity) and arctan(tan(x)) increases from -pi/2 to Pi/2 exclusive since tan(x) is undefined at -pi/2 and + pi/2. In fact for x in (-pi/2 , pi/2) arctan(tan(x)) = x. Since tan(x) has a period of Pi, arctan(tan(x)) also has a period of Pi. The graph below shows the graphs of arctan(tan(x)) and tan(x) from -pi/2 to 3Pi/2. Domain of f: R - {pi + k*pi/2 , k integer} Range of f: (-pi/2 , pi/2) The graph below shows the graphs of arctan(tan(x)). Derivative of f(x) = arctan(tan(x)) f(x) is a composite function and the derivative is computed using the chain ruleas follows: Let u = tan(x) Hence f(x) = arctan(u(x)) Apply the chain rule of differentiation f '(x) = du/dx d(arctan(u))/du = (1 / cos(x)2) * 1 / (u2) + 1) = (1 / cos(x)2) * 1 / (tan(x)2(x) + 1) = 1 , for x not equal to pi/2 + k*pi/2 where k is an integer. Below is shown arctan(tan(x)) in red and its derivative in blue. Note that the derivative is undefined for values of x for which cos(x) is equal to 0, which means at x = pi/2 + k * pi, where k is an integer. Note that f(x) is undefined for these same values of x. More on differentiation and derivatives