# Water has H Bonds?

So I'm studying for a chemistry test and one of the practice problems is "What is the intermolecular force present in water?" We made handy flow charts for this and so I determined that it was polar. The next step asks me to use a Lewis dot diagram to find the shape; symmetrical means London Forces and Asymmetrical means either Dipole-Diploe or H bonds. Easy enough; it's bent, which would make it symmetrical, right? The answer key says it has H-bonds and that makes sense, but I concluded that it had London Forces because bent is symmetrical? What am I missing?

• Even if it's the kind of bent where there are two extra electron clouds (which it is) that doesn't change the fact that it is symmetrical... – ConfusedScientist May 21 '16 at 19:35
• Whether it has symmetry or not is completely irrelevant. Everything has London dispersion forces but in some molecules they are masked by stronger interactions such as hydrogen bonds. – bon May 21 '16 at 19:53
• Strictly speaking, all: Lewis, dipoles, and H-bonding are present in water. I suspect that there's a item writing problem here (read=poor wording). If the question is about just IMF's, then all of them, if it asks for the $strongest$, then H-bonding. – ChemistryHelpCenter Aug 17 '16 at 17:32