The Nervous System Part 2

The Nervous System Part 2

This is part 2 of a 2-part series on the nervous system. In this webinar, we will learn about the molecular basis of the nervous system. We will learn about the action potential, its propagation and how changes in resting membrane potential can affect action potential firing.  We will also connect the nervous system to electrochemistry and other relevant topics.

At a glance


Essential skills

  • Connect the cell membrane and action potentials with circuit and capacitors in physics

  • Calculate resting membrane potential via the Nernst equation

  • Follow action potentials graphically

  • Predict how different kinds of drugs may affect the action potential and synapse


Knowledge Fundamentals

  • Resting membrane potential

  • Membrane channels and pumps

  • Action potential propagation in terms of the closing and opening of different channels

  • EPSP vs IPSP

  • Action potential vs graded portentials

  • Cholinergic synapses

  • Cardiac action potentials


On the MCAT

  • The nervous system has many overlaps with physics, electrochemistry, psychology, and biochemistry. Be ready to make connections!

  • Review our nervous system 1 webinar to refresh on nervous system biology


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