van der Waals force

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In pheesical chemistry, the van der Waals forces (or van der Waals' interaction), named efter Dutch scientist Johannes Diderik van der Waals, is the sum o the attractive or repulsive forces atween molecules (or atween pairts o the same molecule) ither than those due tae covalent bonds, or the electrostatic interaction o ions wi ane anither, wi neutral molecules, or wi charged molecules.[1]

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  1. IUPAC, Compendium o Chemical Terminology, 2nt ed. (the "Gold Book") (1997). Online corrected version:  (1994) "van der Waals forces".