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Action Potential: Definition & Steps

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When the inside of an axon is more negatively charged than the outside, it is called ____ potential.

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1. When the inside of an axon is more positively charged than the outside, it is called ____ potential.

2. When the difference between the charge inside and outside of an axon is further apart, it is called:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These tools are designed to test what you know about action potentials and the sensory system.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These are topics you can quiz yourself on with these tools:

  • What makes it more likely that an action potential will occur
  • A term to describe a small difference in the charge of the inside and outside of an axon
  • The term for a large difference in charge inside and outside of an axon

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what makes it more likely that an action potential will happen and why it will occur
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about a term to describe when the inside of an axon is more negatively charged than the outside and realize the reasons for it
  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding what happens when the difference between the charge inside and outside of an axon is closer together and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Keep increasing your knowledge of action potential by reviewing the lesson called Action Potential: Definition & Steps. A few topics that will be covered in the lesson are:

  • A definition of neuron
  • What is an action potential
  • The difference between hyperpolarization and depolarization
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