My advisor insists on using a heading "Experimental Setup" in his science journal articles. I always cringed a little, thinking it should be "Experiment setup" instead. Now I am writing an article and in his edits he wants me to add the -al.
To me, "experimental setup" sounds like the setup itself is experimental, but "experiment setup" sounds more like we set up an experiment. Technically, we set up an experiment, and the setup itself was not the experiment. I suppose the root of my question in this case is, is the word "experiment" supposed to be an adjective or a noun? Hopefully that explanation makes my grievance clear..
English is his 2nd language, and my first, so he won't mind me questioning it.
Does anyone have a definitive answer to that one? Thank in advance! -Curious Grad Student