scientific method

noun

Definition of scientific method

: principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses

Examples of scientific method in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bembibre said that applying the scientific method — a universal language and standardized techniques — is a challenge with smell. Star Tribune, "What does history smell like?," 25 Dec. 2020 That makes sledding a great opportunity to teach young riders about the scientific method. Sophie Bushwick, Popular Science, "How to speed up your sled with scientific tricks," 17 Dec. 2020 This emphasis on the scientific method, and his belief that people of all races, genders and religious backgrounds could encounter the divine, helped the swami connect with Americans. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, "If you practice yoga, thank this man who came to the U.S. 100 years ago," 19 Nov. 2020 For a recent experiment, students used the scientific method to test various paper products, such as paper towels, notebook paper, and tissue paper. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Problem solving is afoot in our Hillcrest area: Sun Messages," 9 Nov. 2020 The heart of the scientific method is the process of formulating a hypothesis and collecting data to test it. Adam Rogers, Wired, "The Strange and Twisted Tale of Hydroxychloroquine," 11 Nov. 2020 Sixth grade students in Ms. Alysia Hamilton-Beeler’s classroom at Greenview Middle School in South Euclid have begun applying their knowledge of the scientific method with hands-on experiments during remote learning at-home. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Problem solving is afoot in our Hillcrest area: Sun Messages," 9 Nov. 2020 Imagine the rightful condemnation of any white supremacist who claimed that hard work, the scientific method, and self-reliance as inherently white attributes. Bobby Jindal, National Review, "Looking for Racism," 31 Oct. 2020 Editors’ ultimate allegiance should be to a process — the scientific method — not to a person or a party. Genevieve P. Kanter, STAT, "Science journal editors shouldn’t contribute to politicizing science," 23 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of scientific method

1672, in the meaning defined above

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“Scientific method.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scientific%20method. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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scientific method

noun

Medical Definition of scientific method

: principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses

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