6.021 Cellular Neurophysiology and Computing


Class Info

Integrated overview of the biophysics of cells from prokaryotes to neurons, with a focus on mass transport and electrical signal generation across cell membrane. First third of course focuses on mass transport through membranes: diffusion, osmosis, chemically mediated, and active transport. Second third focuses on electrical properties of cells: ion transport to action potential generation and propagation in electrically excitable cells. Synaptic transmission. Electrical properties interpreted via kinetic and molecular properties of single voltage-gated ion channels. Final third focuses on biophysics of synaptic transmission and introduction to neural computing. Laboratory and computer exercises illustrate the concepts. Students taking graduate version complete different assignments. Preference to juniors and seniors.

This class has 8.02, 18.03, 2.005, 6.002, 6.003, 10.301, and 20.110 as prerequisites.

6.021 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Fall semester, and will be instructed by J. Han and T. Heldt.

Lecture occurs 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays in 32-124.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

You can find more information on MIT OpenCourseWare at the Quantitative Physiology: Cells and Tissues site or on the 6.021 Stellar site.

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