Designed by the Biological Science Division at the University of Chicago, the Nerve is an online simulation created to help students better understand how action potentials function. The simulation uses the squid giant axon as an experimental system in which to explore and explain the Hodgkin-Huxley model of action potential initiation and propagation. Students can change various axon properties and experimental parameters in the simulation to see how these changes affect axon potentials.
In this particular activity created by Dr. Joseph Dent from McGill University, students are given a list of simulations to try that have predetermined parameters. Student are asked to record changes that they observe in action potential initiation or propagation. Following each simulation, there are questions that prompt students to relate what they learn from the simulation with the key concepts presented in the course lectures.
Students will be able to explain the key concepts of action potential function (initiation and propagation)
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