In article <58249r$85s at canopus.cc.umanitoba.ca>,
brent at scrc.umanitoba.ca (Brent Fedirchuk) wrote:
>Kevin Quinn (k-quinn at nwu.edu) wrote:
>: I'm interested in developing an in-class demonstration of the resting
>: membrane potential of a cell and was wondering if anyone has ever
>: developed such a demonstration. This is for a class in physiological
>using different colored and sized plastic balls (=ions) and a mesh
>that will allow some through but not others (maybe fishing net??) might
>a useful aid. Then again, it could be a disaster... but who knows 'til
>>my $.02, good luck
If you want to explain membrane potentials and neuronal firing to your
pupils, I would suggest to use a neuronal-model-program like Axovacs.
Let them experiment for some hours with the software, and they'll
understand a lot more of conductances etc.
At least with the computer the succes rate is higher than when