# chrisrp's solution

## to Space Age in the Elixir Track

Published at Jul 13 2018 · 7 comments
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#### Note:

This solution was written on an old version of Exercism. The tests below might not correspond to the solution code, and the exercise may have changed since this code was written.

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.

## Running tests

Execute the tests with:

``````\$ elixir space_age_test.exs
``````

### Pending tests

In the test suites, all but the first test have been skipped.

Once you get a test passing, you can unskip the next one by commenting out the relevant `@tag :pending` with a `#` symbol.

For example:

``````# @tag :pending
test "shouting" do
assert Bob.hey("WATCH OUT!") == "Whoa, chill out!"
end
``````

Or, you can enable all the tests by commenting out the `ExUnit.configure` line in the test suite.

``````# ExUnit.configure exclude: :pending, trace: true
``````

For more detailed information about the Elixir track, please see the help page.

## Source

Partially inspired by Chapter 1 in Chris Pine's online Learn to Program tutorial. http://pine.fm/LearnToProgram/?Chapter=01

## Submitting Incomplete Solutions

It's possible to submit an incomplete solution so you can see how others have completed the exercise.

### space_age_test.exs

``````if !System.get_env("EXERCISM_TEST_EXAMPLES") do
end

ExUnit.start()
ExUnit.configure(exclude: :pending, trace: true)

# You need to define a SpaceAge module containing a function age_on that given a
# planet (:earth, :saturn, etc) and a number of seconds returns the age in years
# on that planet as a floating point number.

defmodule SpageAgeTest do
use ExUnit.Case

# @tag :pending
test "age on Earth" do
input = 1_000_000_000
assert_in_delta 31.69, SpaceAge.age_on(:earth, input), 0.005
end

@tag :pending
test "age on Mercury" do
input = 2_134_835_688
assert_in_delta 67.65, SpaceAge.age_on(:earth, input), 0.005
assert_in_delta 280.88, SpaceAge.age_on(:mercury, input), 0.005
end

@tag :pending
test "age on Venus" do
input = 189_839_836
assert_in_delta 6.02, SpaceAge.age_on(:earth, input), 0.005
assert_in_delta 9.78, SpaceAge.age_on(:venus, input), 0.005
end

@tag :pending
test "age on Mars" do
input = 2_329_871_239
assert_in_delta 73.83, SpaceAge.age_on(:earth, input), 0.005
assert_in_delta 39.25, SpaceAge.age_on(:mars, input), 0.005
end

@tag :pending
test "age on Jupiter" do
input = 901_876_382
assert_in_delta 28.58, SpaceAge.age_on(:earth, input), 0.005
assert_in_delta 2.41, SpaceAge.age_on(:jupiter, input), 0.005
end

@tag :pending
test "age on Saturn" do
input = 3_000_000_000
assert_in_delta 95.06, SpaceAge.age_on(:earth, input), 0.005
assert_in_delta 3.23, SpaceAge.age_on(:saturn, input), 0.005
end

@tag :pending
test "age on Uranus" do
input = 3_210_123_456
assert_in_delta 101.72, SpaceAge.age_on(:earth, input), 0.005
assert_in_delta 1.21, SpaceAge.age_on(:uranus, input), 0.005
end

@tag :pending
test "age on Neptune" do
input = 8_210_123_456
assert_in_delta 260.16, SpaceAge.age_on(:earth, input), 0.005
assert_in_delta 1.58, SpaceAge.age_on(:neptune, input), 0.005
end
end``````
``````defmodule SpaceAge do
@type planet :: :mercury | :venus | :earth | :mars | :jupiter
| :saturn | :neptune | :uranus

@doc """
Return the number of years a person that has lived for 'seconds' seconds is
aged on 'planet'.
"""
@spec age_on(planet, pos_integer) :: float
def age_on(planet, seconds) do
seconds / year_in_seconds_for(planet)
end

def year_in_seconds_for(:earth),   do: 31557600
def year_in_seconds_for(:mercury), do: year_in_seconds_for(:earth) * 0.2408467
def year_in_seconds_for(:venus),   do: year_in_seconds_for(:earth) * 0.61519726
def year_in_seconds_for(:mars),    do: year_in_seconds_for(:earth) * 1.8808158
def year_in_seconds_for(:jupiter), do: year_in_seconds_for(:earth) * 11.862615
def year_in_seconds_for(:saturn),  do: year_in_seconds_for(:earth) * 29.447498
def year_in_seconds_for(:uranus),  do: year_in_seconds_for(:earth) * 84.016846
def year_in_seconds_for(:neptune), do: year_in_seconds_for(:earth) * 164.79132
end``````

I didn't think of using pattern matching. Works out really nicely.

chrisrp
Solution Author
commented over 3 years ago

Tks =) but actually I believe another cool way to solve this would be with Map. I just learned about it today =D

Map? You mean putting the data in a Map and doing a lookup?

Yeah, I don't know which one I'd prefer. My solution looks like this one (although I have @orbital_rotation_on_mercury, etc.).

chrisrp
Solution Author
commented over 3 years ago

From what I understood of keywords and maps seems that the map behaves pretty much like a Hash structure. No lookup needed.

I may have misspoken. When you put something in a Hash structure, and doing a query, internally it's a lookup. That's what I meant.

chrisrp
Solution Author
commented over 3 years ago

RafaelFigueiredo
commented 323 days ago

cool way to solve the problem

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