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==Problem 5==
 
==Problem 5==
 
A moving particle starts at the point <math>(4,4)</math> and moves until it hits one of the coordinate axes for the first time. When the particle is at the point <math>(a,b)</math>, it moves at random to one of the points <math>(a-1,b)</math>, <math>(a,b-1)</math>, or <math>(a-1,b-1)</math>, each with probability <math>\frac{1}{3}</math>, independently of its previous moves. The probability that it will hit the coordinate axes at <math>(0,0)</math> is <math>\frac{m}{3^n}</math>, where <math>m</math> and <math>n</math> are positive integers. Find <math>m + n</math>.
 
A moving particle starts at the point <math>(4,4)</math> and moves until it hits one of the coordinate axes for the first time. When the particle is at the point <math>(a,b)</math>, it moves at random to one of the points <math>(a-1,b)</math>, <math>(a,b-1)</math>, or <math>(a-1,b-1)</math>, each with probability <math>\frac{1}{3}</math>, independently of its previous moves. The probability that it will hit the coordinate axes at <math>(0,0)</math> is <math>\frac{m}{3^n}</math>, where <math>m</math> and <math>n</math> are positive integers. Find <math>m + n</math>.

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Problem 5

A moving particle starts at the point $(4,4)$ and moves until it hits one of the coordinate axes for the first time. When the particle is at the point $(a,b)$, it moves at random to one of the points $(a-1,b)$, $(a,b-1)$, or $(a-1,b-1)$, each with probability $\frac{1}{3}$, independently of its previous moves. The probability that it will hit the coordinate axes at $(0,0)$ is $\frac{m}{3^n}$, where $m$ and $n$ are positive integers. Find $m + n$.

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