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
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.