# Time domain

## Analysis of math functions with respect to time / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

**Time domain** refers to the analysis of mathematical functions, physical signals or time series of economic or environmental data, with respect to time. In the time domain, the signal or function's value is known for all real numbers, for the case of continuous time, or at various separate instants in the case of discrete time. An oscilloscope is a tool commonly used to visualize real-world signals in the time domain. A time-domain graph shows how a signal changes with time, whereas a frequency-domain graph shows how much of the signal lies within each given frequency band over a range of frequencies.

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Though most precisely referring to time in physics, the term *time domain* may occasionally informally refer to position in space when dealing with spatial frequencies, as a substitute for the more precise term *spatial domain*.