# Graphing time as a function of another variable [closed]

I'm sorry if this is not the correct place to post this, but it seems most applicable.

I'm graphing the time for a satellite to decay, which depends on the altitude it orbits at, making time a dependent variable. Graphing convention is that dependent variables go on the Y axis, however since time is almost always an independent variable I feel as if a graph with time on the X axis would be easier to understand. Which axis should I graph time as??

• You may use whatever axis you feel better – Shreyansh Pathak Oct 31 '19 at 14:03

However, I think that in this case putting time on the $$x$$ axis would be confusing, as it would suggest your graph is showing the change of a satellite's altitude with time. In this case time is a dependent variable, and so it's perfectly fine to put it on the $$y$$ axis.