# plot discrete time domain signals

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Jinquan Li on 14 Feb 2021
Commented: Paul Hoffrichter on 15 Feb 2021
Given n=[-1:0.01:10]. Plot the discrete time domain signal: y[n]=e^(-n)*u(n).
Below is my program but i'm not sure if it's correct since this is my fisrt time learning Matlab. Please help. Thanks!
n=-1:0.01:10;
y=exp(-n).*heaviside(n);
stem(t,y) Paul on 14 Feb 2021
Edited: Paul on 15 Feb 2021
Be careful using heaviside for u[n]. In control systems and signal processing the function u[n] is the unit step function that is (typically) defined as
u[n] = 1 for n >= 0
u[n] = 0 for n < 0.
However, the default defintion of the heaviside function in Matlab has heaviside(0) = 0.5., which is clearly seen in the plot. Is that the desired answer?
Also, it looks a bit peculiar to have non-integer values of n. Please make sure that's the correct problem statement.

Paul Hoffrichter on 14 Feb 2021
I recommend using following substitutions:
plot(t,y)
axis( [-1 10 0 1])
Paul Hoffrichter on 15 Feb 2021
Take a look at
The following defines the myStep function so that myStep(0) is 0 instead of 0.5.
myStep = @(n) (n>0);
If you wanted a value of 1 at n = 0, then you could use this instead:
myStep1 = @(n) (n>=0);

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