** Goal: ** Achieve a quantitative understanding of this
cartoon. For a glimpse of the missing anatomical
detail please view figure 2 in this paper
and note that our cortex has 300,000,000 synapses per milligram!

Aug. 27 and 29: The Passive Isopotential Cell

**Assignment 1:** Chapter 2, exercises
1-7. Due in class Tuesday, September 3.

**Assignment 2:** Chapter 3, exercises 1, 2, 8, 10.
Due in class Tuesday, September 10.

Sep. 3 and Sep. 5: The Active Isopotential Cell

Outside Reading: Hodgkin and Huxley

**Assignment 3:** Chapter 4, exercises 1-5 and for extra credit, 6.
Due in class Tuesday, September 17.

Sep. 10 and 12: The Quasi-Active Isopotential Cell

**Assignment 4:** Chapter 5 exercises 1-5, 11-12.
Due in class Tuesday, September 24.

Sep. 17, 19 and 24: The Passive Cable

**Assignment 5:** Chapter 6 exercises
1-6 and 10-12. Due in class Tuesday, October 1.

Sep. 26 and Oct. 1: The Passive Dendritic Tree

**Assignment 6:** Chapter 8 exercises 1,2, and 4.
Due in class Tuesday, October 8.

"Dynamics of delta-kicks", class discussion materials

P. Dayan and L. Abbott, Theoretical Neuroscience, Chapter 6, Chapter 7 and Chapter 8.

Oct. 3, 8 and 10: The Active Dendritic Tree

Fall Recess: October 14-15

Oct. 17, 22 and 24: Synaptic Transmission and Quantal Release

Sections 1-7 of Chapter 11, and Chapter 12.

** Assignment 7:** Chapter 11 exercises 2, 17 and Chapter 12, exercise 1. Due in class
Tuesday, October 29.

Oct. 29 and 31: Quantification of
Spike Train Variability

Sections 8-11 of Chapter 11, and Chapter 15.

** Assignment 8:** Chapter 11 exercise 21 and Chapter 15 exercises 1-3. Due
in class Tuesday, November 5.

Nov. 5: Reduced Single Neuron Models

Chapter 10.

Nov. 7: Fourier Series and Transforms

Reading: Chapter 7.

** Assignment 9:** Chapter 12 exercise 2, Chapter 15 exercise 4 and Chapter 7 exercises 5, 15-18. Due in class Thursday, November 14.

**Note:** This assignment is long and counts as two (10% of grade).

Nov. 12: Stochastic Processes

Chapter 16.

Nov. 14: Natural Light Signals and Phototransduction

Chapter 19.

** Assignment 10:** Chapter 16 exercises 6, 16 and Chapter 19 exercise 1. Images available here. Due in class Thursday, November 21.

Nov. 19: Firing Rate Codes and Early Vision

Chapter 20.

Nov. 21 and 26: Models of Simple and Complex Cells

Chapter 21.

**Assignment 11:** Chapter 20 exercise 5 and Chapter 21 exercises 7-9. Due in class
Thursday, December 5.

Thanksgiving Recess: November 28-29

Dec. 3 and 5: Relating Neural Responses and Psychophysics

Sections 1-3 of Chapter 24, and Chapter 25.