There are six homework sets of computer based problems and modeling.  (I use Mozilla or Explorer on a PC.)  You can do these from off campus if you have internet hook-up, but students with modem access have in the past found this rather unsatisfactory.  Any of the public sites have computers that are suitable. 

  Due dates indicate the LAST date completed problem sets can be turned in for full credit (at the beginning of the lecture on that date).  Computer exercises are designed to help familiarize you with major concepts (study and earn credit at the same time!).  You may find it useful to work with others on the exercises.  In the spirit of learning, this practice is suitable.  However, each of you must hand in his/her own homework set.  Identity between homework sets is unacceptable.

 You should budget at least 4 hours for each set, and the first set needs more time because you will need to familiarize yourself with JAVA and transferring data into a graphics program of your choice.  Words of wisdom--maximize your use of these exercises to learn the material (which is why they are assigned).  This is not compatible with waiting until the last minute.  Best advice from those who have taken the course in the past.
 DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!

DUE DATES 
October 6, 2005                Membrane permeability  (Java)  (lead TA:  Ari Rosenberg)  (Some Physical Constants)

October 13, 2005              Passive membrane properties  (Java) (lead TA:  Ari Rosenberg)

October 20, 2005              Control of action potentials  (uses downloaded program) (lead TA: Ari Rosenberg)

November 10, 2005         Voltage clamp of ion channels (K channels)  (Java) (lead TA: Ana Mrejeru)

November 17, 2005          Voltage clamp of ion channels (Na channels) (Java) (lead TA:  Ana Mrejeru)

November 29, 2005          Synaptic transmission (uses downloaded program) (lead TA: Ana Mrejeru)
                                                    NOTE change in due date to AFTER Thanksgiving.

Late homework, while not worthless, is worth less.  As the date you turn homework in becomes more distant from the due date, the maximum achievable score decreases (see graph below).  However, remember SOME credit is ALWAYS better than zero credit.  Because homework overall counts for 30% of your grade, ignoring it can have a profound negative effect.  Up side, good homework scores give your grade a boost.

Updated 11/21/2005  D. Hanck