Examkrackers Audio Osmosis

I think the audio osmosis CDs are a gem. I use them in conjunction with the exmakrackers books and they tie in very well. Indeed the general chemistry audio osmosis lectures considerably strengthen the general chemistry book. I certainly think it is worthwhile getting both to use in conjunction.
There are a total of 12 CDs the subject coverage of which is appended at the bottom of this post. As you can see it is fairly comprehensive, including tips on handling the verbal reasoning section. The CDs have various corny bits of humor on them which frankly get a bit old after a while, but which certainly help with memorization on certain topics. It also makes it relatively painless to listen to. I think this product could stand alone (ie without the books) but for me I found it much better to use them in tandem.
The one criticism (which isn't a big one) is that the CDs are not so sensibly divided into subjects so I often had to take more than one with me if reviewing on the move. However, certainly the presnetation is excellent the format enables you to seek out the exact 'lesson' you wish to review quickly and painlessly (unlike the audiolearning tapes from another supplier - which I found to be dull, poorly presented, and spent forever fast forwarding through).
Feel free to ask me any questions…

CD 1
Track 1: Intro
Track 2: How to Use These Recordings
Track 3: Other Products by Osote Publishing
Track 4: The MCAT
Physics Lecture 1: Translational Motion
Track 5: Five Step System
Track 6: Vectors and Scalars
Track 7: Component Vectors, Trigonometry, and Triangles
Track 8: Translational Motion: Conceptually
Track 9: Translational Motion: Application
Track 10: Vertical Projectile Motion
Track 11: Distance Traveled
Track 12: Translational Motion Formulas
Track 13: Example in Projectile Motion
Track 14: Air Resistance
Physics Lecture 2: Force
Track 15: Mass and Weight
Track 16: Rotational Inertia
Track 17: Summary of Mass and Weight
Track 18: Center of Mass
Track 19: The Four Forces of Nature
Track 20: Types of Contact Forces
Track 21: Newtonâs Laws of Motion
Track 22: Newtonâs First Law
Track 23: Newtonâs Second Law
Track 24: Newtonâs Third Law
Track 25: Explanation of Horse and Cart
Track 26: Newtonâs Law of Gravity
Track 27: Why Objects Appear to Float in Orbit
Track 28: Centripetal Acceleration
Track 29: Radius of Curvature
Track 30: Centripetal Force
Track 31: Inclined Planes
Track 32: Friction
Track 33: Static and Kinetic Friction
Track 34: Formulas for Friction
Track 35: When Does Friction Oppose Motion?
Track 36: Tension
Track 37: Hookeâs Law

CD 2
Physics Lecture 3: Equilibrium, Torque, and Energy
Track 1: Equilibrium
Track 2: Equilibrium Example
Track 3: Non-Equilibrium
Track 4: Non-Equilibrium Example
Track 5: Torque
Track 6: Example of Torque
Track 7: Energy
Track 8: Types of Energy
Track 9: Gravitational Potential Energy
Track 10:Elastic Potential Energy
Track 11: Systems
Track 12: The First Law of Thermodynamics
Track 13: Work vs. Heat
Track 14: Work
Track 15: Another Formula for Work
Track 16: Conservative Forces
Track 17: Work and Conservative Forces
Track 18: Friction and Work
Track 19: Power
Physics Lecture 4: Momentum, Machines, and Radioactive Decay
Track 20: Momentum vs. Inertia
Track 21: Momentum Defined
Track 22: Elastic vs. Inelastic Collisions
Track 23: Collision Example
Track 24: Solving Collision Problems
Track 25: Reverse Collisions
Track 26: Impulse
Track 27: The Reason for Machines
Track 28: How Machines Work
Track 29: Ramps
Track 30: Levers
Track 31: Pulleys
Track 32: Halflife
Track 33: Alpha Particles
Track 34: Beta Decay
Track 35: Positron Emission
Track 36: Electron Capture
Track 37: Gamma Rays and Annihilation
Track 38: E = mc2
Track 39: Fission and Fusion

CD 3
Physics Lecture 5: Fluids
Track 1: The Nature of Fluids
Track 2: Intensive and Extensive Properties
Track 3: Density and Specific Gravity
Track 4: The Concept of Pressure
Track 5: Units of Pressure
Track 6: Fluids at Rest
Track 7: Gauge Pressure
Track 8: Pascalâs Principle
Track 9: A Hydraulic Lift
Track 10: Archimedes Principle
Track 11: The Buoyant Force
Track 12: Fluids in Motion
Track 13: Ideal Fluids
Track 14: The Continuity Equation
Track 15: Bernoulliâs Equation
Track 16: Non-Ideal Fluids
Track 17: Surface Tension
Track 18: Stress and Strain
Track 19: Modulus of Elasticity
Track 20: Thermal Expansion
Physics Lecture 6: Waves
Track 21: Wave Characteristics
Track 22: Velocity of a Wave
Track 23: Surface Waves
Track 24: Intensity
Track 25: Wave Phase
Track 26: Beat Frequency
Track 27: Standing Wave
Track 28: Simple Harmonic Motion
Track 29: The Doppler Effect

CD 4
Physics Lecture 7: Electricity and Magnetism
Track 1: Electric Charge
Track 2: Electrostatic Force
Track 3: Derivations from Newtonâs and Coulombâs Law
Track 4: Fields and Lines of Force
Track 5: An Electric Dipole
Track 6: Resistivity
Track 7: Movement of Charge
Track 8: Circuits
Track 9: Capacitors
Track 10: Energy of a Capacitor
Track 11: Circuit Elements
Track 12: Solving Circuits
Track 13: Power
Track 14: AC Current
Track 15: Magnetism
Physics Lecture 8: Light and Optics
Track 16: Electromagnetic Waves
Track 17: Light
Track 18: Geometric Optics
Track 19: Chromatic Dispersion
Track 20: Diffraction
Track 21: Images
Track 22: Types of Lenses and Mirrors
Track 23: Radius of Curvature
Track 24: Focal Points
Track 25: Power
Track 26: Ray Diagrams
Track 27: Magnification
Track 28: The Thin Lens Equation
Track 29: A System for Optics
Track 30: Double Lens Systems

CD 5
Verbal Reasoning
Track 1: Why Verbal Reasoning is on the MCAT
Track 2: What Kind Improvement Can I Expect
Track 3: The Structure of the Verbal Reasoning Section
Track 4: Verbal Strategy Part 1: Energy
Track 5: Verbal Strategy Part 2: Focus
Track 6: Verbal Strategy Part 3: Confidence
Track 7: Verbal Strategy Part 4: Timing
Track 8: Verbal Tactics Part 1: The Five Second Break
Track 9: Verbal Tactics Part 2: Read Every Word
Track 10: Verbal Tactics Part 3: The Main Idea
Track 11: Verbal Tactics Part 4: The Four Tools to Find the Answer
Track 12: Tool 1: Going Back to the Passage
Track 13: Tool 2: The Main Idea
Track 14: Tools 3 & 4: The Question Stems and Answer Choices
Chemistry Lecture 1: Atoms, Molecules, and Quantum Mechanics
Track 15: Atomic Structure
Track 16: Elements and Isotopes
Track 17: Avogadroâs Number and the AMU
Track 18: The Periodic Table
Track 19: The Periodic Trends
Track 20: Ionization Energy
Track 21: Electronegativity and Electron Affinity
Track 22: Bonds
Track 23: Empirical and Molecular Formulas
Track 24: Reactions
Track 25: The Structure of Solids
Track 26: Quantum Mechanics
Track 27: Quantum Numbers
Track 28: The First Quantum Number
Track 29: The Second Quantum Number
Track 30: The Third Quantum Number
Track 31: The Fourth Quantum Number
Track 32: The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle
Track 33: The Aufbau principle
Track 34: Degenerate Orbitals
Track 35: Hundâs Rule
Track 36: Planckâs Quantum Theory
Track 37: The Photoelectric Effect
Track 38: Electron Configurations
Chemistry Lecture 2: Gases, Kinetics, and Chemical Equilibrium
Track 39: Ideal Gas and Kinetic Molecular Theory
Track 40: No Volume

Track 41: No Attractive Forces
Track 42: Elastic Collisions
Track 43: Temperature and Kinetic Energy
Track 44: The Ideal Gas Law
Track 45: Standard Molecular Volume
Track 46: Daltonâs Law
Track 47: Temperature and Molecular Kinetic Energy
Track 48: Effusion and Diffusion
Track 49: Real Gas Behavior
Track 50: Reaction Kinetics
Track 51: The Collision Model
CD 6
Chemistry Lecture 2 continued·
Track 1: The Arrhenius Equation
Track 2: The Rate Law
Track 3: Exponents in the Rate Law
Track 4: Catalysts
Track 5: Chemical Equilibrium
Track 6: LeChatelierâs Principle
Track 7: The Reaction Quotient
Chemistry Lecture 3: Thermodynamics
Track 8: What is Thermodynamics
Track 9: Isolated Systems
Track 10: Closed Systems
Track 11: Open Systems
Track 12: The First Law of Thermodynamics
Track 13: Conduction
Track 14: Convection
Track 15: Radiation
Track 16: Work
Track 17: The Second Law of Thermodynamics
Track 18: State Functions
Track 19: Internal Energy
Track 20: Temperature
Track 21: The Third Law of Thermodynamics
Track 22: Enthalpy
Track 23: Standard State and Heat of Formation
Track 24: Heat of Reaction
Track 25: Endothermicity and Exothermicity
Track 26: Energy Diagrams
Track 27: Entropy
Track 28: Equations for Entropy
Track 29: Gibbs Energy
Track 30: Gibbs Energy Formula
Chemistry Lecture 4: Solutions
Track 31: What is a Solution
Track 32: Types of Solutions
Track 33: Colloids
Track 34: Solvation
Track 35: Ions
Track 36: Units of Concentration
Track 37: Solution Formation
Track 38: Vapor Pressure
Track 39: Raoultâs Law
Track 40: Deviations to Raoultâs Law
Track 41: Solubility
Track 42: The Solubility Product
Track 43: Spectator Ions and the Common Ion Effect
Track 44: Solubilities
Track 45: Solubility Factors
Chemistry Lecture 5: Heat Capacity, Phase Change, and Colligative Properties
Track 46: Phases
Track 47: Heat Capacity
Track 48: Specific Heat
Track 49: Calorimeter

CD 7
Chemistry Lecture 5 continued·
Track 1: Heat Curves
Track 2: Thermodynamics of Phase Change
Track 3: Phase Diagrams
Track 4: Colligative Properties
Track 5: Boiling Point Elevation
Track 6: Freezing Point Depression
Track 7: Osmotic Pressure
Chemistry Lecture 6: Acids and Bases
Track 8: Definitions
Track 9: The Hydronium Ion
Track 10: Acid Strength and pH
Track 11: The Log Function
Track 12: Acid and Base Reactions
Track 13: Structural Characteristics of an Acid
Track 14: Acid/Base Equilibrium
Track 15: The Acid Dissociation Constant
Track 16: The pH of a Strong Acid
Track 17: The pH of a Weak Acid
Track 18: Titrations
Track 19: Buffered Solutions
Track 20: The Henderson-Hasselbalch Equation
Track 21: Indicators
Track 22: Titrations of Polyprotic Acids
Chemistry Lecture 7: Electrochemistry
Track 23: Electrochemistry
Track 24: Oxidation States
Track 25: Redox Reactions
Track 26: Redox Titrations
Track 27: Half Reaction Potentials
Track 28: The Galvanic Cell
Track 29: An Example of a Galvanic Cell
Track 30: Gibbs Free Energy and EMF
Track 31: The Nernst Equation
Track 32: A Concentration Cell
Track 33: Electrolytic Cells

CD 8
Biology Lecture 1: Molecular Biology
Track 1: Water
Track 2: Lipids
Track 3: Proteins
Track 4: Primary and Secondary Structure
Track 5: Tertiary Structure
Track 6: Quaternary Structure
Track 7: Carbohydrates
Track 8: Nucleic Acids
Track 9: Minerals
Track 10: Enzymes
Track 11: Enzyme Inhibition
Track 12: Glycolysis and Fermentation
Track 13: Aerobic Respiration
Track 14: The Electron Transport Chain
Biology Lecture 2: Genes
Track 15: The Gene
Track 16: The Structure of DNA
Track 17: Replication
Track 18: RNA
Track 19: Transcription
Track 20: Post-Transcriptional Processing
Track 21: DNA Technology
Track 22: The Universal Genetic Code
Track 23: Translation
Track 24: Mutations
Track 25: Chromosomes
Track 26: The Cell Life Cycle
Track 27: Mitosis
Track 28: Meiosis
Biology Lecture 3: Microbiology
Track 29: Microbiology
Track 30: Viruses
Track 31: The Viral Life Cycle
Track 32: Types of Viruses
Track 33: The Structure of Bacteria
Track 34: The Phospholipid Bilayer
Track 35: Membrane Transport
Track 36: Bacterial Envelope
Track 37: Bacterial Movement

CD 9
Biology Lecture 3 continued·
Track 1: Genetic Recombination and Reproduction in Bacteria
Track 2: Endospores
Track 3: Sources for Energy, Carbon, and Electrons
Track 4: Fungi
Track 5: Yeast
Biology Lecture 4: The Eukaryotic Cell; The Nervous System
Track 6: The Nucleus
Track 7: Endocytosis
Track 8: Two Sides to Every Cell
Track 9: The Rough ER
Track 10: The Golgi
Track 11: Lysosomes
Track 12: Peroxisomes
Track 13: The Smooth ER
Track 14: The Cytoskeleton
Track 15: Flagella and Cilia
Track 16: Mitochondria
Track 17: The Glycocalyx
Track 18: Cellular Junctions and the Matrix
Track 19: Multicellular Organization
Track 20: Intercellular Communication
Track 21: Physiology of the Nervous System
Track 22: The Action Potential
Track 23: The Synapse
Track 24: Neuroglia
Track 25: The Structure of the Nervous System
Track 26: Sympathetic and Parasympathetic
Track 27: The Brain
Track 28: Sensory Receptors
Biology Lecture 5: The Endocrine System
Track 29: Exocrine vs. Endocrine
Track 30: Classes of Hormones
Track 31: How Peptides Function
Track 32: The Second Messenger System
Track 33: How Steroids Function
Track 34: How Tyrosine Derivatives Function
Track 35: Negative Feedback
Track 36: The Hypothalamus
Track 37: The Anterior Pituitary
Track 38: The Posterior Pituitary
Track 39: The Thyroid
Track 40: The Parathyroid
Track 41: The Pancreas
Track 42: Glucagon
Track 43: Insulin
Track 44: The Adrenal Cortex
Track 45: Aldosterone
Track 46: Cortisol
Track 47: The Adrenal Medulla
Track 48: Male Reproductive Hormones
Track 49: Female Reproduction
Track 50: Embryology

CD 10
Biology Lecture 6: The Digestive System; The Excretory System
Track 1: Digestion
Track 2: Anatomy of the Digestive System
Track 3: The Mouth and the Esophagus
Track 4: The Stomach
Track 5: Small Intestines
Track 6: The Pancreas
Track 7: The Large Intestines
Track 8: Absorption
Track 9: Absorptive Fate of Carbohydrates
Track 10: Absorptive Fate of Proteins
Track 11: Absorptive Fate of Fats
Track 12: The Liver
Track 13: Function and Anatomy of the Kidney
Track 14: The Renal Corpuscle
Track 15: The Proximal Tubule
Track 16: The Loop of Henle
Track 17: The Distal Tubule
Track 18: The Collecting Duct
Track 19: The Juxtaglomerular Apparatus
Biology Lecture 7: The Cardiovascular System; The Respiratory System
Track 20: Cardiovascular Anatomy
Track 21: The Action Potential in the Heart
Track 22: Breathing
Track 23: Anatomy of the Respiratory System
Track 24: Gas Exchange
Track 25: Oxygen Dissociation Curves
Track 26: The Chloride Shift
Track 27: The Lymphatic System
Track 28: The Blood
Track 29: Blood Cells
Track 30: Innate Immunity
Track 31: Humoral Immunity
Track 32: Effect of Antibodies
Track 33: Cell Mediated Immunity
Track 34: Blood Types
Biology Lecture 8: Muscle and Bone
Track 35: Types of Muscle
Track 36: Skeletal Muscle
Track 37: The Structure of Skeletal Muscle
Track 38: Mechanism of Skeletal Muscle Contraction
Track 39: Motor Units

40: Skeletal Muscle Cell Types
Track 41: Cardiac Muscle
Track 42: Bone
Track 43: Compact Bone
Track 44: Cartilage and Joints

CD 11
Biology Lecture 9: Populations
Track 1: Mendel
Track 2: Mendelâs Second Law
Track 3: Other Methods of Expression
Track 4: Ramifications of Being Diploid
Track 5: Evolution
Track 6: What is a Species?
Track 7: Reproductive Strategies
Track 8: Convergent and Divergent Evolution
Track 9: The Hardy Weinberg Principle
Track 10: The Origin of the Universe
Organic Chemistry Lecture 1: Molecular Structure
Track 11: Molecular Structure
Track 12: Lewis Dot Structures
Track 13: Structural Formulas
Track 14: The Important Functional Groups
Track 15: Other Functional Groups
Track 16: Nomenclature
Track 17: Bonding
Track 18: Hybridization
Track 19: Shapes and Bond Angles
Track 20: Delocalized Electrons
Track 21: Rules for Drawing Resonance Structures
Track 22: Dipole Moment
Track 23: Intermolecular Bonding
Track 24: Conformational Isomers
Track 25: Structural Isomers
Track 26: Chirality
Track 27: Absolute Configuration
Track 28: Relative configuration
Track 29: Observed Rotation
Track 30: Enantiomers
Track 31: Diastereomers
Organic Chemistry Lecture 2: Hydrocarbons, Alcohols, and Substitutions
Track 32: Alkanes
Track 33: Physical Properties of Alkanes
Track 34: Cycloalkanes
Track 35: Combustion
Track 36: Halogenation of Alkanes
Track 37: Alkenes
Track 38: Synthesis of Alkenes

CD 12
Organic Chemistry Lecture 2 continued·
Track 1: Catalytic Hydrogenation
Track 2: Oxidation of Alkenes
Track 3: Electrophilic Addition
Track 4: Hydration of an Alkene
Track 5: Oxymercuration
Track 6: Hydroboration
Track 7: Halogenation of an Alkene
Track 8: Benzene
Track 9: Electron Donating and Withdrawing Properties
Track 10: SN1 Reactions
Track 11: SN2 Reactions
Track 12: Nucleophilicity
Track 13: SN1 vs. SN2
Track 14: Alcohols
Track 15: Alcohols as Acids
Track 16: Alcohol Synthesis
Track 17: Reactions with Alcohols
Track 18: Ehters
Track 19: Order of Acidity
Organic Chemistry Lecture 3: Carbonyls and Amines
Track 20: The Carbonyl
Track 21: Physical Properties of Aldehydes and Ketones
Track 22: Chemical Properties of Aldehydes and Ketones
Track 23: Aldehydes and Ketones with Alcohols
Track 24: Aldol Condensation
Track 25: conjugation
Track 26: Carboxylic Acids
Track 27: Chemistry of Carboxylic Acids
Track 28: Reactions of Carboxylic Acid and Derivatives
Track 29: Amines
Track 30: Reactions with Amines
Track 31: Nitriles
Organic Chemistry Lecture 4: Biochemistry and Lab Techniques
Track 32: Fatty Acids
Track 33: Amino Acids
Track 34: The Isoelectric Point and Electrophoresis
Track 35: Carbohydrates
Track 36: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
Track 37: Peak Position in NMR
Track 38: Spin-Spin Splitting
Track 39: Integral and Digital Traces
Track 40: An Example of NMR
Track 41: NMR Summary
Track 42: IR Spectroscopy
Track 43: Chromatography
Track 44: Distillation
Track 45: Crystallization
Track 46: Extraction

Me too - used AO and the EK books to prep for the April 2002 MCAT - we’ll see in June how effective they were for me - but I know I scored higher with them than I would have without them ;)

Hey when you are done with the CDs, do you plan on selling them? Let me know I would be glad to buy them from you.

if I like my scores and don’t think I’ll need a retake - I’m going to donate my materials to OldPreMeds - where they can then be purchased on the cheap with the funds going to OPM ;)

Ditto on the examkrackers stuff, If you are selling them let me know.

Hi oldernotwiser (or anyone else who has used this system),
Can you give a little more detail on how the CDs work. I know that you said the CDs “could” be used as a stand alone. Maybe it is just me but I am having a hard time grasping exactly how the CDs are reviewing physics, chemistry, etc. via audio?
Are the CDs discussing the principles behind say centripetal acceleration and asking you to refer to a resource guidebook (e.g., corresponding ExamKrackers Book) for formulas, written explanations, examples, etc. Do any written materials accompany the CDs?
I plan on taking the Spring '03 MCAT and I am trying to figure out if these CDs would be a good way for me to begin reviewing/refreshing early?

when I bought them, there were no written materials with AO - but the CD’s are designed to work well with the examkrackers written materials (sold separately).
If you go to examkrackers website, you can ask them to send you an AO sampler disk - IIRC it has the full Physics lecture on “Forces” + a few sample tracks from the other sections to give you a feel for what it might be like.

Thanks LisaS for the information about the Audio Osmosis free sample CD. I emailed them yesterday asking to receive it and had a reply from them this morning saying that they had already mailed it out!

Hi everyone!
I'm selling a set of Examkrackers Audio Osmosis over at www.ioffer.com.
For $50, you will never see a set this cheap again!

You may want to donate this item to OPM for a tax deduction, or advertize it in our “For Sale” forum rather than here.
Best wishes

LisaS, were you satisfied with your results on the mcat after using the EK materials? I'm not asking you to post your results, just wanna get some kind of an idea as to whether you thought they were helpful or not. And if they were helpful, did you find the written format or the audio to be more helpful, or was it a combination?

Yes - I’m very satisfied with my results - any shortcomings were mine alone and not the prep materials -
since I used the materials in combination, its hard to separate them as far as effectiveness - there are some things from AO that I definitely learned and remembered as audio-bites - the russian-accented woman (Markolnikov) shrilling “no epoxides, no epoxides” comes to mind - but I also bought AO pre-release at a discount.
but the books are definitely high-yield material: I wouldn’t go with just AO, the books were definitely primary, no only because of the materials, but the quizzes and practice 30 min exams were good. Also, I liked the way the books tell you what facts are background but not needed for MCAT, and what the things are that you definitely need to know. They are review books, not to teach you the original science though.
I think you also have to take practice exams and do practice passages to get the feel for the exam. Study will probably get you into the 9/10 range, and practice will get you the rest of the way.
13-15V 9P 12B

Thanks LisaS.
Shortcomings eeehhh? I will be working very hard to try and achieve those types of short comings!
Sorry to pester you, but I had a couple more questions. Did you use the 1001 question books?
Also, had a question regarding the volume of studying you did… how many months, approx hrs per week, how many practice exams, do you think you went through the Ek books cover to cover 3-5x, 5-10x, 10x or more?
Again, thanks for your help. BTW Nice Score!! chalk one up for the OPM.

here’s a link to a thread where I tell my study plan:
as far as practice tests, I did AAMC IV, V, VI as practive tests, and cannabalized AAMC II for practice passages.
how many times thru the materials - once really - but as I explain - I pre-read the chapter, listened, and then studied/worked the chapter. I spent about 10 weeks calendar - but took 1.5 weeks off for Winter finals in the late middle of the period, catching up during spring break.

Thank You

Congrats LisaS!
I can imagine how pleased you are with your scores. ExamKrackers promptly sent me the sample CD you were talking about and I have since ordered the actual CDs. I can not wait to begin listening to them.
I only hope that they in part will work as well for me as they did for you!!

Ok, SO HOW MUCH DOES ALL THAT COST? Im curious to how much and where can I buy it?



Hey all

  1. It is okay to sell personal RETAIL MCAT materials (ie books/materials that you can buy directly) in the MCAT forum. We are such a small group I am not sure the “for sale” thread gets used much.

  2. Selling CLASS technically violates most test prep companies terms of agreement.

  3. OPM unfortunately no longer maintains tax-exempt/charitable status (501-©(3)) as the IRS changed rules in 2010 making cost prohibitive to maintain accounting and tax returns.

You can easily rip the CD to mp3 and have them on your ipod or whatever you listen to.

I used them as suggested on the CD by first listening to them as a lecture, taking full notes, then re-listening to them over and over again.

I used them in conjunction with a kaplan course