A method of research in which a hypothesis is tested by means of a carefully documented control experiment that can be repeated by any other researcher.
Webster's New World
Ask a question to define the problem or issue you wish to resolve.
Do background research to learn what others have discovered about your topic.
Construct a hypothesis to determine how you think your questions should be answered.
Test your hypothesis by conducting an experiment.
Scientific-method Sentence Examples
With these writers we have the beginning of a scientific method of interpretation.
Even today, the scientific method involves experimentation that almost always necessitates some amount of data collection.
It teaches us that scientific method is sometimes induction, sometimes deduction, and sometimes the consilience of both, either by the inductive verification of previous deductions, or by the deductive explanation of previous inductions.
This work, which embodied the results of many years' research, was distinguished by its strict adherence to the scientific method of investigation by experiment, and by the originality of its matter, containing, as it does, an account of the author's experiments on magnets and magnetical bodies and on electrical attractions, and also his great conception that the earth is nothing but a large magnet, and that it is this which explains, not only the direction of the magnetic needle north and south, but also the variation and dipping or inclination of the needle.
This provided the foundation of the modern scientific method.