Ch 21: Nerve, Muscle & Specialized Cell Types for the MCAT: Tutoring Solution

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The Nerve, Muscle & Specialized Cell Types chapter of this MCAT Prep Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about nerve, muscle and specialized cell types. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long, and they teach information involving nerve, muscle and specialized cell types required for the MCAT exam.

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Learning objectives:

  • Review the structure and function of neurons.
  • Learn about the myelin sheath, Schwann cells and nodes of Ranvier.
  • Find out why neuroglia are an important part of the nervous system.
  • Examine how actin and myosin bonding control muscle contraction.
  • Explore the role of the sarcomere and sliding filaments in muscle contraction.
  • Learn about the function and structure of skeletal muscle fibers.
  • Get an overview of multicellular organisms, tissues and epithelium.
  • Find out about the function and types of fibrous connective tissue.
  • Differentiate between adipose tissue and loose connective tissue.

10 Lessons in Chapter 21: Nerve, Muscle & Specialized Cell Types for the MCAT: Tutoring Solution
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The Structure and Function of Neurons

1. The Structure and Function of Neurons

In this video lesson, you'll learn about neurons, which are specialized cells in the nervous system. Check out how far neurons can send signals throughout the body and how depolarization is much like 'the wave' at a football game.

The Myelin Sheath, Schwann Cells & Nodes of Ranvier

2. The Myelin Sheath, Schwann Cells & Nodes of Ranvier

The myelin sheath is an essential part of our nervous system. Learn more about this neuron component, explore the nodes of Ranvier, and discover why Schwann cells are crucial for neuron survival.

Neuroglia: Function & Definition

3. Neuroglia: Function & Definition

In this lesson, you'll learn about the unsung heroes of your nervous system. These cells don't get a lot of attention, but without them, it would be difficult for your neurons to do their job and protect themselves against invaders.

Muscle Contraction: Actin and Myosin Bonding

4. Muscle Contraction: Actin and Myosin Bonding

Muscles contract through the action of two proteins called actin and myosin. In this lesson, you'll learn how actin and myosin filaments, in concert with regulatory proteins tropomyosin and troponin, control your voluntary movements.

The Sarcomere and Sliding Filaments in Muscular Contraction: Definition and Structures

5. The Sarcomere and Sliding Filaments in Muscular Contraction: Definition and Structures

Did you know that a sarcomere is the fundamental functional unit of striated muscle? This lesson describes the thick and thin filaments of a sarcomere and how they interact with each other to cause sarcomere shortening and muscular contraction.

Skeletal Muscle Fibers: Types and Functions

6. Skeletal Muscle Fibers: Types and Functions

Did you know most human muscles contain a mixture of fast, slow and intermediate fibers? This lesson describes the structure and function of the three muscle fiber types found in humans.

Multicellular Organisms, Tissues and Epithelium

7. Multicellular Organisms, Tissues and Epithelium

In this lesson on multicellular organisms, you'll take a look at what it actually means to be multicellular and how cells are organized into tissues, organs, and organ systems. This lesson also covers one of the four main tissue types: epithelial tissue.

Fibrous Connective Tissue: Function & Types

8. Fibrous Connective Tissue: Function & Types

In this lesson, you'll learn about a specific type of connective tissue called fibrous connective tissue. You'll also discover the other specialized fibrous connective tissues: tendons, ligaments and fasciae.

Adipose Tissue and Loose Connective Tissue: Functions and Structures

9. Adipose Tissue and Loose Connective Tissue: Functions and Structures

This lesson explores the structure and function of two types of connective tissue: adipose tissue and loose connective tissue. You'll learn about the cells and fibers that make up each tissue and explore how these structures help our body function.

What is a Nerve Net?

10. What is a Nerve Net?

In this lesson we will explore what a nerve net is, how the body plan of an organism directly relates to its neural design, as well as the unique characteristics of this neural design.

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