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# compute ke/atom command¶

## Syntax¶

compute ID group-ID ke/atom

• ID, group-ID are documented in compute command

• ke/atom = style name of this compute command

## Examples¶

compute 1 all ke/atom


## Description¶

Define a computation that calculates the per-atom translational kinetic energy for each atom in a group.

The kinetic energy is simply $$\frac12 m v^2$$, where $$m$$ is the mass and $$v$$ is the velocity of each atom.

The value of the kinetic energy will be 0.0 for atoms not in the specified compute group.

## Output info¶

This compute calculates a per-atom vector, which can be accessed by any command that uses per-atom values from a compute as input. See the Howto output page for an overview of LAMMPS output options.

The per-atom vector values will be in energy units.

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