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Nerve signal HTML5


Nerve signals take the form of electrical signals, and are known as impulses.  A neuron carries impulses in only one direction. This animation illustrates the propagation of the nerve signal  through a single neuron, and its transmission from one neuron to another.

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Click on the magnifying glass to see some characteristics of the signal.

Learning goals

  • To illustrate how nerve impulses  travel in neurons, and from one neuron to another.

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Our 10 billion  nerve cells transfer information using  nerve signals, or impulses. The dendrites carry the signals toward the cell body.  Then it can travel along a single axon attached to this…

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