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Welcome to the world of MAMBO, a software package for the modeling and analysis of multibody mechanisms.

The computer-graphics application MAMBO has been developed with the purpose of allowing students to visualize the results of their efforts while retaining the need for careful mathematical analysis. In contrast with existing commercially available educational software tools, MAMBO requires detailed input from the user both in order to define the specific geometry of the mechanism as well as the differential equations governing its behavior. With this tool, the student is able to see the implications of decisions made throughout the modeling stage and to check the mathematical analysis.

The computer-algebra package the MAMBO toolbox has been developed to reduce the amount of rote algebraic manipulation required by the student in developing a mathematical model for a multibody mechanism.

MAMBO and its companion software the MAMBO toolbox are the result of a collaborative effort over the course of more than 10 years. The following individuals have been involved with the development and coding of MAMBO: Jesper Adolfsson, Kalle Andersson, Arne Nordmark, Gabriel Ortiz, Anders Lennartsson, Petri Piiroinen, Justin Hutchison, and Harry Dankowicz. The MAMBO toolbox written by Harry Dankowicz bears a general resemblance to a collection of procedures developed by Prof. Martin Lesser and Dr. Anders Lennartsson at the Department of Mechanics, at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, between 1991 and 1999, and named Sophia after the Polish-Swedish mathematician, Sofja Kowalewskaja (1850-1891). The intellectual heritage from Sophia and the efforts of its originators is gratefully acknowledged.

The development of MAMBO and its companion software the MAMBO toolbox has been supported by generous grants from the Faculty of Physics at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and by the Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at Virginia Tech.