The infinite array of complex carbon compounds that necessitate a complete branch of study known as organic chemistry can be attributed to the unique nature of carbon itself. Carbon is a small, relatively active metalloid that can bond with up to four other elements including other carbons. It can form single, double, and triple bonds. It can form straight chains, branched chains, and rings with any number of carbons. As a result the variety of carbon compounds is infinite. This PowerPoint presentation reviews the properties of carbon and describes all the different ways it can bond. Organic chemistry is defined in the process. Worksheets on this topic are available free of charge on my website at www.evanschemistrycorner.com.