# Does gravity have anything to do with Van Der Waal's forces?

Does gravity have anything to do with Van Der Waal's forces? Just throwing this out there, I was wondering if they do because gravity is such a weak force and the VdW forces at a molecular level could seem to be a good intermediary force between gravity and the forces acting within atoms. Given that there are so many atoms and molecules within objects like the earth doesn't it seem possible that an extrapolation of the VdW forces could make a good candidate for a theory of gravity?

No. Van der Waals forces are electromagnetic, not gravitational. "Van der Waals forces" are actually a family of different effects. Dipole-dipole Van der Waals falls off as $1/r^7$ (non-retarded) or $1/r^8$ (retarded). These forces can be understood using only electromagnetism and quantum mechanics. Gravity is unnecessary in their explanation, and gravitational forces fall off as $1/r^2$.