Name: _______________________________ III: ______ Date: _____________ Mr.

Dan Omura

Skill Worksheet

Neurons and Nerve
Impulses
1. Identify What does the cell body of a neuron do?
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2. Compare Make the table comparing the functions of each neuron
structure.
Soma

Axon

Dendrite

Functi
on

3. Explain How is a nerve impulse generated?
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4. Define What is membrane potential?
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5. Describe What happens during an action potential?
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6. Modeling Make a drawing showing how signals are transmitted
through an axon:

Resting Potential

Action Potential

Resting Potential

7. Compare Make a table comparing: Resting Potential and Action
Potential. Do not forget to identify the variables you will be
comparing.
Action Potential

Resting Potential

7. Define What is a synapse?
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8. Describe What happens when an action potential reaches an axon
terminal?
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9. Define What is a neurotranmitter?
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10. Modeling Make a drawing representing synapse:

11. Describe Fill in the blank spaces in the figure below to show how
an impulse can
travel from one neuron to another.

12. In the space provided, write the letter of the description that best
matches each term.
___ 1. neuron
___ 2. dendrite
___ 3. axon
___ 4. nerve
___ 5. membrane potential
___ 6. action potential
___ 7. synapse
___ 8. neurotransmitter

a. the difference in electrical charge across a cell
membrane
b. conducts nerve impulses away from the cell body
c. nerve impulse
d. nerve cell; transmits information through the body
e. bundle of axons
f. part of a neuron that receives information from other
neurons
g. a junction at which a neuron meets another cell
h. a chemical that transmits nerve impulses across
synapses

Interpreting Graphics
The figure shows a synapse in which an
addictive drug is present. Label the
principal structures shown. Choose from
the following:
Axon terminal, postneuron, drug
molecule, neurotransmitter molecule,
receptor protein,
postsynaptic neuron, action potential.