# shifting and time reversal of a piecewise defined signal

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Aaron Connell on 16 Oct 2016
Commented: Walter Roberson on 16 Oct 2016
I have a piece-wise defined function x(t) as shown below. I need to plot x(-t-1) now but am not sure how to do it. I tried to create a function like "modified_x= @x x(-t-1) but it only returns a horizontal line at x(t)=0. Please help gurus! below is my code that gives me my desired function of t. Now I need to apply x(-t-1). Walter Roberson on 16 Oct 2016
x = @(t) (0 <= t & t < 2) .* exp(t)/2 + (2 <= t & t < 4) .* (2*t-8);
shifted_x = @(t) x(-t-1);
t = linspace(-6, 0);
plot(t, shifted_x(t))
xlabel('Time(t)')
ylabel('x(t)');
Reversal around time t = c would be x(c-t) so you are reversing around t = -1 and that means that anything that used to happen at time 2 would now happen at time -3, anything time 3 would now happen at -4 and so on, so your primary problem was that you were looking in the wrong time range and you were cutting out the interesting parts of the plot with your axis() call.
Walter Roberson on 16 Oct 2016
Change the linspace bounds for t.