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I tried to type in 2nd cos(3180.04) but it just says err. What do i do to fix this?

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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].
Since the arcosine function is the inverse of the cosine, its domain of definition is the range of the cosine, namely the closed interval [-1,1].

Thus if you enter [2nd][COS][3180.04] the calculator flags this as a domain error, because 3180.04 is outside the interval [-1,1]

Restrict the argument of cos^-1 to any value inside the closed interval [-1,1].
When manipulating the trigonometric functions and their inverses you must keep in mind that the results you get are dependent on the angle unit your calculator is configured for (deg, rad).

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