Chemistry - Is a hydrogen bond considered to be a van der Waals force?
According to the IUPAC gold book a van der Waals force is:
The attractive or repulsive forces between molecular entities (or between groups within the same molecular entity) other than those due to bond formation or to the electrostatic interaction of ions or of ionic groups with one another or with neutral molecules. The term includes: dipole–dipole, dipole-induced dipole and London (instantaneous induced dipole-induced dipole) forces.
Hydrogen bonding is a type of dipole-dipole interaction, so it would fit the definition of a van der Waals force.
The way I think of it is: van der Waals forces are anything that make a gas non-ideal, since that's how they were originally discovered and defined.