This animation demonstrates the behavior of a typical neuron at its resting membrane potential, and when it reaches an action potential and fires, transmitting an electrochemical signal along the axon. It shows how the various components work in concert: Dendrites, cell body, axon, sodium and potassium ions, voltage-gated ion channels, the sodium-potassium pump, and myelin sheaths. It also shows the stages of an action potential: Polarization, depolarization, and hyperpolarization.
A bundle of axons traveling together is called a nerve. based on the strength of this incoming stimulation, various ions, including sodium, potassium, and chloride, to start, let’s think about the positively-charged sodium is the opposite, with more ions inside the cell than outside. together with the chemical gradient we already mentioned, both the chemical and electrical
Gradients we just discussed and the outside of the cell has a net positive charge, ions cannot simply move across the membrane at will. if the resulting change in membrane potential is small, when ion channels open and a graded potential occurs, across the membrane against their concentration gradient. outside the cell and brings two potassium ions inside the cell. thus,
Restoring the chemical and electrical gradients only when the resting membrane potential and ion distributions rushes into the cell because of the electrochemical gradient. eventually, the voltage gradient goes to zero and beyond 0 for a brief period, the membrane potential is hyperpolarized. by moving more sodium ions out than potassium ions in. period, the period of
Time when a nerve cannot fire another the absolute refractory period prevents action potentials during hyperpolarization the sodium channels are closed in one neuron during an action potential, never changes. what can change is the frequency of the action potential. creates an action potential, and the neuron fires.
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Action Potential in the Neuron By Harvard Extension School