# Are intermolecular forces a type of chemical bond?

My chemistry teacher told me that chemical bonds are of two types: intramolecular and intermolecular. He said that intermolecular forces come under the category of intermolecular chemical bond.

I have never read such statement anywhere. Nor can I find anything on the Internet that would support this statement.

My understanding is that chemical bond is a force that holds atoms together in a chemical species. Since intermolecular forces do not hold atoms together, they should not be termed as chemical bond.

So, are intermolecular forces a type of chemical bond?

The IUPAC definition of "chemical bond" is:

When forces acting between two atoms or groups of atoms lead to the formation of a stable independent molecular entity, a chemical bond is considered to exist between these atoms or groups. The principal characteristic of a bond in a molecule is the existence of a region between the nuclei of constant potential contours that allows the potential energy to improve substantially by atomic contraction at the expense of only a small increase in kinetic energy. Not only directed covalent bonds characteristic of organic compounds, but also bonds such as those existing between sodium cations and chloride anions in a crystal of sodium chloride or the bonds binding aluminium to six molecules of water in its environment, and even weak bonds that link two molecules of $\ce{O_2}$ into $\ce{O_4}$, are to be attributed to chemical bonds.

So the answer is "yes" in some cases.