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Python Python Basics (2015) Python Data Types Age Calculation

Carole Cox
Carole Cox
429 Points

Should the formula in the challenge be weeks = days /52 ?

The problem may be incorrect...just sayin...:-)

1 Answer

Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 67,989 Points

The total weeks would be either the total days / 7: (years * 365) / 7,

or be the number of years * "weeks per year". While these would be close, "years * 52" would be an integer number of weeks, while dividing the total days by 7 would yield a more accurate floating point result.

>>> years = 32
>>> days = 365 * years
>>> weeks_from_days = days / 7
>>> weeks_from_years = years * 52
>>> weeks_from_years
>>> weeks_from_days
Carole Cox
Carole Cox
429 Points

Thank you! A nice expanded explanation but I think that Treehouse set the problem up wrong or worded it wrong. In real time Weeks is not days /7. In other words. My age =61 ; days =61 *365 =22,265. then Weeks would be days/52 not 7. in my case 428. Oh my! Not a big deal..it just "looks wrong". But thank you , your answer is helpful in other ways!!!

Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 67,989 Points

Hey Carole, I think your math has an error.

Using "unit management" we can check our units. Starting with an initial value, then multiplying by unity values (=1) to convert to other units. Similar units values will cancel leaving the final value and units.

           365 days
61 y̶e̶a̶r̶s̶ * -------- = 22,265 days
           1 y̶e̶a̶r̶

               1 week
22,265 d̶a̶y̶s̶ * -------- = 3180.7 weeks
               7 d̶a̶y̶s̶

Checking your math, working backwards from 428 weeks:

              1 year
428 w̶e̶e̶k̶s̶ * ---------- = 8.23 years
             52 w̶e̶e̶k̶s̶

I think you may be confusing the conversion factors.. "1/52" would be a "years per weeks" conversion which doesn't help when starting with days.