2 Classes (24 Units)

6.021 (12), 20.310 (12)

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6.021 Cellular Neurophysiology and Computing

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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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Quantitative Physiology: Cells and Tissues

20.310 Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Biomechanics

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Develops and applies scaling laws and the methods of continuum mechanics to biomechanical phenomena over a range of length scales. Topics include structure of tissues and the molecular basis for macroscopic properties; chemical and electrical effects on mechanical behavior; cell mechanics, motility and adhesion; biomembranes; biomolecular mechanics and molecular motors. Experimental methods for probing structures at the tissue, cellular, and molecular levels.

This class has 2.370, 2.772J, 18.03, 3.016, and 7.01x as prerequisites.

20.310 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Fall semester, and will be instructed by M. Jonas, M. Bathe and K. Van Vliet.

Lecture occurs 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 4-163.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

You can find more information at the http://www.google.com/search?&q=MIT+%2B+20.310&btnG=Google+Search&inurl=https site or on the 20.310 Stellar site.

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