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simulation type dynamic simulation based on a continuous model
domain Biology
target group university students (medicine and biology)
duration of a session 90 minutes
model Hodgkin and Huxley(1939)
publisher University of Twente, Dept. of Educational Science, Div. of Educational Instrumentation
year 1987
platform MacIntosh
design system/ engine MacThesis
my connection educational design and software engineering


AXON simulates an experiment with a nerve cell system. In contrast to experiments with a real nerve celll system. high electrophysiological skills are not required to work with the simulation program. Furthermore, real experiments require the killing of experimental animals.

With a simulation, experiments can be executed without the time consuming training of experimental skills and without the use of animals.

The simulation is based on the well-known model of Hodgkin and Huxley. Although not all of the details of the conductivity of the cell membrane were not described correctly by Hodgkin and Huxley, the simulation is very useful as a demonstration for the experimental research techniques used in cell physiology. Furthermore, the model can be used for biology courses in secondary education, since the differences between the results of the model of Hodgkin and Huxley and the real cell membrane system are not relevant at this level of education.

AXON, educational simulation of a nerve cell system