Physics 171 -- Elementary Cosmology

This course is intended for non-science majors and is taught by Prof. David Bennett of the Astrophysics Group in the Physics Department at the University of Notre Dame. The course is intended to provide students with an introduction to cosmology which is the scientific study of the Universe. The course will focus on the scientific basis for the Big Bang Theory.

The purpose of these World Wide Web pages is to provide direct access to on-line resources that will be necessary or useful for the completion of the course. There will be weekly quizes that must be taken online via the WebCT web site. You must go to the WebCT site and create an account for yourself before Tuesday, January 25.

Much of the communication for this class will be via email, so we must have a working email address for each student. Please send your email address to the TA, Cheng Cui at

There are two WWW addresses that point to these pages: and They use different server machines, so if one doesn't work, try the other!

David Bennett ( 15 January 2000