Official course description: CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I (3) Bonding theories for organic molecules; stereochemistry and conformational analysis; reactions (and mechanisms) of alkyl halides, alkenes, alkynes, aromatics, and alcohols. CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I (3) Organic chemistry is an essential subject for many scientific disciplines, particularly those in the life, materials, and chemical sciences, as well as chemical engineering. The fundamentals of organic chemistry, as developed in CHEM 210, the first part of a two-semester organic chemistry sequence, are required for scientists to understand the electronic structure and reactivity of simple and complex molecules. Concepts taught in CHEM 210 include hierarchical bonding models (Lewis dot, valence bond, molecular orbital), Lewis acids and bases, conformational analysis and stereochemistry, functional groups and their reactivity (alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, dienes, aromatics, alcohols, and ethers), organic reaction mechanisms focusing on electrophiles and nucleophiles, and aromaticity. Successful students will understand and be able to apply various structural and reactivity models to solving problems in organic chemistry.