This is a modest list of exercises to accompany ``A Guide to First-Passage Processes'' and was last updated on December 8, 2002. I am indebted to Prof. R. Dorfman for the suggestion to compile some exercises.

**Chapter 1:**

- Determine the asymptotic probability distribution for a random walk in
one dimension when the initial probability distribution is
broad. For example,
, with
for .
- Determine the asymptotic probability distribution for a one-dimensional random walk that hops 2 lattice spacings to the right with probability or hops 1 lattice spacing to the left with probability . Use the techniques of section 1.3.

**Chapter 2:**

- Consider a diffusing particle in the interval that is initially
placed at . There is a drift velocity for
and a drift velocity for
.
Compute the eventual exit probabilities to each end of the
interval. Compute the mean first-passage time to each end.
- Consider a diffusing particle that is initially located at the junction
of three line segments of lengths , , and , with
. The particle freely diffuses in each segment, but when the
end of a segment is reached the particle is absorbed. What is the
probability that the particle is eventually absorbed at the end of the
segment? What is the average time for the particle to be
absorbed at one of the endpoints? (That is, the identity of the absorbing
segment is unspecified when absorption occurs.) What is the average time
for the particle to be absorbed at the end of the segment?
(That is, the identity of the absorbing segment
*is*specified when absorption occurs.)

**Chapter 5:**

- Consider a Cayley tree with coordination number that consists of
generations. A random walk is initially at the root of the tree.
Determine: (a) the mean first-passage time to get from the root to
*any*site in the generation, and (b) the mean first-passage time to get from the root to a specified site in the generation, with the condition that the random walk is reflected from all other sites in the generation. - Consider an alternating Cayley tree in which the number of branches at
each new generation alternately bifurcates or trifurcates. Compute the
probability of eventual return to the origin.
- Compute the first-passage probability to reach one corner of an -generation Sierpinski gasket when a random walk begins at another corner of the gasket.

**Chapter 6:**

- Compute the probability for a diffusing particle to eventually hit the
north pole and the south pole of a unit sphere when the particle is initially
on the -axis at a distance from the center of the sphere. Repeat
the problem for .
- Compute the probability that a diffusing particle eventually hits the
northern hemisphere of a unit sphere in dimensions when the particle is
initially on the -axis at a distance from the center of the sphere.
Repeat the problem for .

**Chapter 7:**

- Consider a diffusing particle that is located at an arbitrary initial
point within a rectangular domain of length and height . The particle
is absorbed as soon as it hits the boundary. Compute the probability for the
particle to hit an arbitrary point on the boundary.
- Consider a diffusing particle that is located at one focus of an
ellipse of semi-major axis and semi-minor axis . The particle is
absorbed as soon as it hits the boundary. Compute the probability for the
particle to hit an arbitrary point on the boundary.

**Chapter 8:**

- Consider three identical diffusing particles in one dimension that are initially located at . What is the mean time until the particle at hits its left neighor, its right neighbor, or either of its neighbors?