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Calculus cos^-1 Domain Error

I'm a calculus student trying to get around a domain error. I understand cos^-1 general domain is -1

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If you're in the MATHPRINT mode, press
2ND [COS^-1] ( 8 - 3 2ND [sqrt] 2 1 right-arrow ) / 2 5 ENTER

If you're in the CLASSIC mode, press
2ND [COS^-1] ( 8 - 3 2ND [sqrt] 2 1 ) ) / 2 5 ENTER

In either case you should get an answer of about 103.

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SOURCE: Trigonometry, my calculator says domain error when I press; cos-1(26^2+14^2-32^2/2*26*14) I change it into degree, but it doesn't help.. Can anybody tell me why it doesn't give me the exact an

Domain errror meaning that an argument must be in a specified domain.
It's not clearly what do you want to do but for three possible options solutions are on the captured images below(for radian mode).

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I think you may find arcsin(x) is equivalent in older nomenclature to sin^-1 (x)...ie use the "2nd" and the SIN key instead of typing arcsin.
eg. arcsin(0.5) is 30 degrees is the same as sin^-1(0.5)
The ^-1 does not mean reciprocal, but "the angle whose sin is." Here the minus one indicates a kind of inverse operation. The word arcsin indicates that same inverse.

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You are indeed committing an error. The sequence [2nd][COS] is activating the function arcosine or arccos or cos^-1, the inverse of the cosine function. If you remember the properties of the cosine functions, you know that cos(x) is defined over the real line ]- infinity to infinity[, but its range spans the interval [-1,1].
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