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Basic Neuron Model Electrical Equivalent Circuit: An Undergraduate Laboratory Exercise
Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education
  • Katie Dabrowski, Nova Southeastern University
  • Diego Castano, Nova Southeastern University
  • Jaime L. Tartar, Nova Southeastern University
Publication Date
10-15-2013
Keywords
  • Ohm’s Law,
  • RC Circuit,
  • Cable theory,
  • Electrical equivalent circuit,
  • Neuron model,
  • Electrical properties
Disciplines
Peer Reviewed
1
Abstract
We developed a hands-on laboratory exercise for undergraduate students in which they can build and manipulate a neuron equivalent circuit. This exercise uses electrical circuit components that resemble neuron components and are easy to construct. We describe the methods for creating the equivalent circuit and how to observe different neuron properties through altering the structure of the equivalent circuit. We explain how this hands-on laboratory activity allows for the better understanding of this fundamental neuroscience concept. At the conclusion of this laboratory exercise, undergraduate students will be able to apply the principles of Ohm’s law, cable theory with regards to neurons, and understand the functions of resistance and capacitance in a neuron. circuit. This exercise uses electrical circuit components that resemble neuron components and are easy to construct. We describe the methods for creating the equivalent circuit and how to observe different neuron properties through altering the structure of the equivalent circuit. We explain how this hands-on laboratory activity allows for the better understanding of this fundamental neuroscience concept. At the conclusion of this laboratory exercise, undergraduate students will be able to apply the principles of Ohm’s law, cable theory with regards to neurons, and understand the functions of resistance and capacitance in a neuron.
Additional Comments
PMC ID: PMC3852871
Citation Information
Katie Dabrowski, Diego Castano and Jaime L. Tartar. "Basic Neuron Model Electrical Equivalent Circuit: An Undergraduate Laboratory Exercise" Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education Vol. 12 Iss. 1 (2013) p. A49 - A52 ISSN: 1544-2896
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jaime-tartar/14/