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Mathematical Functions


These math functions will only handle values within the range of the integer and float types on your computer (this corresponds currently to the C types long resp. double). If you need to handle bigger numbers, take a look at the arbitrary precision math functions.

See also the manual page on arithmetic operators.


No external libraries are needed to build this extension.


There is no installation needed to use these functions; they are part of the PHP core.

Runtime Configuration

This extension has no configuration directives defined in php.ini.

Resource Types

This extension has no resource types defined.

Predefined Constants

The constants below are always available as part of the PHP core.

Math constants
Constant Value Description
M_PI 3.14159265358979323846 Pi
M_E 2.7182818284590452354 e
M_LOG2E 1.4426950408889634074 log_2 e
M_LOG10E 0.43429448190325182765 log_10 e
M_LN2 0.69314718055994530942 log_e 2
M_LN10 2.30258509299404568402 log_e 10
M_PI_2 1.57079632679489661923 pi/2
M_PI_4 0.78539816339744830962 pi/4
M_1_PI 0.31830988618379067154 1/pi
M_2_PI 0.63661977236758134308 2/pi
M_SQRTPI 1.77245385090551602729 sqrt(pi) [5.2.0]
M_2_SQRTPI 1.12837916709551257390 2/sqrt(pi)
M_SQRT2 1.41421356237309504880 sqrt(2)
M_SQRT3 1.73205080756887729352 sqrt(3) [5.2.0]
M_SQRT1_2 0.70710678118654752440 1/sqrt(2)
M_LNPI 1.14472988584940017414 log_e(pi) [5.2.0]
M_EULER 0.57721566490153286061 Euler constant [5.2.0]
Only M_PI is available in PHP versions up to and including PHP 4.0.0. All other constants are available starting with PHP 4.0.0. Constants labeled [5.2.0] were added in PHP 5.2.0.

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