What is the difference between 'material and methods' section and 'experimental procedure' section in a scientific article or report or assignment? Does they differ at all?

Elaboration :

If I'm told to write a scientific article or assignment whose outline contains a 'materials and methods' section and 'experimental procedure' section; should I write 2 separate sections for them? Or should I use a single section (any one of the 2) Because i perceive like introducing both section would make much of the part of assignment redundant because I perceive like 'method' and 'procedure' as very much same thing (don't know if I'm wrong).

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    If this is an assignment, then ask your professor for clarification. – Buffy Sep 1 '19 at 12:07
  • @Buffy initially it is an assignment but if the professor thinks it is not too bad the they may include it as a publication. – Always Confused Sep 1 '19 at 12:14
  • But what are the general conventions for these 2 terms? Are they same? – Always Confused Sep 1 '19 at 12:16
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    The differences between the sections can even be different between journals. Have you read any articles for class? Does your professor have a favorite journal s/he has published to? I would try to skim / read some of the articles to find out what the norms are for that community. – Van Sep 1 '19 at 12:29
  • okay thanks @Van i am very new to research based academia and I yet studied papers only to find protocols/methods and concepts. I don't remember the professors' favourite journal. – Always Confused Sep 1 '19 at 12:40

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