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Action Potential Experiments

Mark Bergland (University of Wisconsin-River Falls)
Screen Shots |System Requirements

Action Potential Experiments is a demonstration/simulation laboratory for neurophysiology based on the "sodium theory" as originally formulated and tested by A. L. Hodgkin and his colleagues. The application includes simulations of the original experiments of Hodgkins and his colleagues, and of the classic voltage clamp and patch clamp experiments and an animated illustration of the "sodium theory" explanation of Nernst potentials for potassium and sodium ions. The student can perform simple ion concentration experiments to test the predictions of the theory.

 

Screen Shots

A portion of the screen illustrating the classic patch clamp experiment.

 

System Requirements

Macintosh or Power Macintosh

  • System 6.07 or later; System 7.1 for Power Macintosh. System 7.5 recommended.
  • At least 8 megabytes of RAM.
  • 68030 processor or greater; 68040 or PowerMac is recommended.

Windows 3.1 or Windows 95

  • Windows 3.1 or later, or Windows 95.
  • 80486 processor; Pentium recommended.
  • At least 8 megabytes of RAM.

Both platforms require at least a 13" color monitor which must be set to 8-bit color.


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