# Converting output in radians to degrees for trigonometric tools

The output values from certain trigonometric tools are in radians. To convert them to degrees, the values need to be multiplied by a conversion factor of 180/pi, or approximately 57.2958.

In Python, this conversion can be done in the expression directly, or you can define a variable to store the value once and reuse it as needed. Using the ACos tool as an example, the syntax could be in the following form:

``````>>> import math
>>> from arcpy.sa import *
>>> OutRas = ACos (InRas) * 180.0 / math.pi``````

Or, you can use a variable for the conversion factor:

``````>>> import math
>>> rad2deg = 180.0 / math.pi
>>> from arcpy.sa import *
>>> OutRas = ACos (InRas) * rad2deg``````

The following illustrations demonstrate the results of converting the output values from radians to degrees.

##### Note:

The variable defined in the example above will be used in these examples.

#### Examples of converting trigonometric outputs in radians to degrees

 Tool Illustration and Python syntax ACos OutRas = ACos(InRas) * rad2deg ASin OutRas = ASin(InRas) * rad2deg ATan OutRas = ATan(InRas) * rad2deg