For class on March 21, please read the first three sections of chapter 4 in Basic Neurochemistry:
- Membrane Potentials and Electrical Signals in Excitable Cells
- Action Potentials in Electrically Excitable Cells
- Functional Properties of Voltage-Gated Ion Channels
You might find these resources helpful:
- the Wikipedia entry on the resting potential
- David Goodsell’s Molecule of the Month article on potassium channels
- EO Wilson’s Life on Earth section 15.3 Action Potentials in unit 4.