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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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context("space age")

test_that("Age on Earth", {
  seconds <- 1000000000
  expect_equal(space_age(seconds, "earth"), 31.69)

test_that("Age on Mercury", {
  seconds <- 2134835688
  expect_equal(space_age(seconds, "mercury"), 280.88)

test_that("Age on Venus", {
  seconds <- 189839836
  expect_equal(space_age(seconds, "venus"), 9.78)

test_that("Age on Mars", {
  seconds <- 2329871239
  expect_equal(space_age(seconds, "mars"), 39.25)

test_that("Age on Jupiter", {
  seconds <- 901876382
  expect_equal(space_age(seconds, "jupiter"), 2.41)

test_that("Age on Saturn", {
  seconds <- 3000000000
  expect_equal(space_age(seconds, "saturn"), 3.23)

test_that("Age on Uranus", {
  seconds <- 3210123456
  expect_equal(space_age(seconds, "uranus"), 1.21)

test_that("Age on Neptune", {
  seconds <- 8210123456
  expect_equal(space_age(seconds, "neptune"), 1.58)

message("All tests passed for exercise: space-age")
space_age <- function(seconds, planet) {
  # switch provided planet name with its relative orbital period
  convert <- function(planet) {
           "mercury" = 0.2408467,
           "venus"   = 0.61519726,
           "earth"   = 1,
           "mars"    = 1.8808158,
           "jupiter" = 11.862615,
           "saturn"  = 29.447498,
           "uranus"  = 84.016846,
           "neptune" = 164.79132)
  # divide given age by product of sec_per_Earth_year and relative orbital period
  round(seconds / (31557600 * convert(planet)), 2)

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