Electrophysiology Quick Homework Problems

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Homework Statement


Hi guys,
I've been trying to solve these two questions for the last hour and can't seem to find the solution, any help would be very much appreciated. :smile:

1. An RC circuit is given a step voltage (charging) of V at t = 0 seconds. What is the value of voltage at t = 2RC?

2. If the conductance of a single ion channel is 1pS and its capacitance per cm2 is 1mF and the time constant for a human neuron is 1ms:
(a) What is the resistance per cm2 of a neuronal membrane?

(b) How many ion channels on average must there be in one µm2 of neuronal membranes?

Homework Equations


T = RC
Tau = Resistor x Capacitor

The Attempt at a Solution


1. Tried attempting this question for a solid hour and not sure where to begin.
2.
(a) 1 x 10^-3ms = R x (1 x 10^-6F)
R = 1000W per cm2
(b) I know to divide the total current by the single current but I can't seem to find the solution to identify the total current.
 

Answers and Replies

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berkeman
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Homework Statement


Hi guys,
I've been trying to solve these two questions for the last hour and can't seem to find the solution, any help would be very much appreciated. :smile:

1. An RC circuit is given a step voltage (charging) of V at t = 0 seconds. What is the value of voltage at t = 2RC?

2. If the conductance of a single ion channel is 1pS and its capacitance per cm2 is 1mF and the time constant for a human neuron is 1ms:
(a) What is the resistance per cm2 of a neuronal membrane?

(b) How many ion channels on average must there be in one µm2 of neuronal membranes?

Homework Equations


T = RC
Tau = Resistor x Capacitor

The Attempt at a Solution


1. Tried attempting this question for a solid hour and not sure where to begin.
2.
(a) 1 x 10^-3ms = R x (1 x 10^-6F)
R = 1000W per cm2
(b) I know to divide the total current by the single current but I can't seem to find the solution to identify the total current.
Welcome to the PF.

On question -1-, what is the equation for v(t) for an RC circuit that starts charging at t=0? You are correct that the time constant is RC, but how is that used in the actual equation?
 
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Welcome to the PF.

On question -1-, what is the equation for v(t) for an RC circuit that starts charging at t=0? You are correct that the time constant is RC, but how is that used in the actual equation?

Hi and thank you for the reply,
I believe the equation is V(t) = V(1-e^-t/RC). If you require additional information please ask, and thank you for the help.
 
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Borek
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Assuming the equation is correct, any particular reason to not just plug t=2RC into?
 

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