NASDAQ for Novices

I need some guidance. I’m college sophomore taking an introductory course focused on investing and financial markets. I decided to take the class because my dad suggested it. He’s been a CPA for most of his life and probably expects me to take a liking to numbers, too.

Unfortunately, most of the stuff is rather uninteresting to me. More importantly, it’s all extremely hard to understand. This week we’re discussing the importance of using an index to make investment decisions. We’re supposed to identify a specific index and then present it to the wider class.

I was originally deciding between the Dow Jones and NASDAQ but came across way too much information to grasp myself. What’s the difference between the two?