FAQ: Code Challenges: JavaScript Fundamentals - calculateWeight()

This community-built FAQ covers the “calculateWeight()” exercise from the lesson “Code Challenges: JavaScript Fundamentals”.

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Hi there !

I tried to use an if / else if / else statement for this exercise. When I try the example given in the exercise, ie. console.log(calculateWeight(100, ‘Jupiter’)); , I get 37.8 as if I entered ‘Mercury’ as the second argument.
I can’t seem to find out the reason, can you help me please ? Here’s my code :

const calculateWeight = (earthWeight, planet) => {
  if (planet = 'Mercury') {
    return earthWeight * 0.378;
  } else if (planet = 'Venus') {
    return earthWeight * 0.907;
  } else if (planet = 'Mars') {
    return earthWeight * 0.377;
  } else if (planet = 'Jupiter') {
    return earthWeight * 2.36;
  } else if (planet = 'Saturn') {
    return earthWeight * 0.916;
  } else {
    return 'Invalid Planet Entry. Try: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, or Saturn.';
  };
};

That is an assignment operator being used to check for identity. The correct operator is ===.

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