Space Age in Python
Given an age in seconds, calculate how old someone is in terms of a given planet's solar years.
exercism fetch python space-age
Given an age in seconds, calculate how old someone would be on:
- Earth: orbital period 365.25 Earth days, or 31557600 seconds
- Mercury: orbital period 0.2408467 Earth years
- Venus: orbital period 0.61519726 Earth years
- Mars: orbital period 1.8808158 Earth years
- Jupiter: orbital period 11.862615 Earth years
- Saturn: orbital period 29.447498 Earth years
- Uranus: orbital period 84.016846 Earth years
- Neptune: orbital period 164.79132 Earth years
So if you were told someone were 1,000,000,000 seconds old, you should be able to say that they're 31.69 Earth-years old.
If you're wondering why Pluto didn't make the cut, go watch this youtube video.
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Running the tests
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- Python 2.7:
- Python 3.3+:
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python -m pytest space_age_test.py
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python -m pytest -h
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Partially inspired by Chapter 1 in Chris Pine's online Learn to Program tutorial. http://pine.fm/LearnToProgram/?Chapter=01
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