What is the principal value

Question:

What is the principal value of $\sin ^{-1}\left(-\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}\right) ?$

Solution:

Let $y=\sin ^{-1}\left(-\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}\right)$

Then,

$\sin y=-\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}=\sin \left(-\frac{\pi}{3}\right)$

$y=-\frac{\pi}{3} \in\left[-\frac{\pi}{2}, \frac{\pi}{2}\right]$

Here, $\left[-\frac{\pi}{2}, \frac{\pi}{2}\right]$ is the range of the principal value branch of inverse sine function.

$\therefore \sin ^{-1}\left(-\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}\right)=-\frac{\pi}{3}$

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