# Determining a system's causality using its impulse response

I have the following input-output relation for a system:

$$y(t) = Odd Part Of [x(t)]$$

My question is: Is the system causal?

What my approach has been:

I expressed $$y(t)$$ alternatively as: $$y(t) = \frac{x(t) - x(-t)}{2}\tag{1}$$

Here, when I substitute $$x(t)$$ with the impulse function, I get the impulse response as $$0$$ because the impulse function is an even function. Its odd part is $$0$$. This leads me to believe that the system is causal as the impulse response is zero for negative time.

However, when I substitute $$t$$ with $$-t$$ in Eq. $$(1)$$, I find that for negative time, the output depends on the input at a future time. This would lead me to believe that the system is non-causal.

So my question is actually two-fold here:

1. How do I reconcile the two seemingly contradictory results?

2. Why is the impulse response of the system 0? What's the difference between this system and having no system at all?

Any help/pointers would be sincerely appreciated.

Clearly, for negative values of $$t$$, the system needs to know the future in order to determine its output. Hence, the system can't be causal.
Since the system is also time-varying (show it!), its response to an impulse doesn't say much about its general behavior, unlike it would be the case for a linear time-invariant (LTI) system. So the given system's response to an impulse being zero for $$t<0$$ doesn't say anything at all about causality or any other general properties of the system.