In physics, the principle of covariance emphasizes the formulation of physical laws using only certain physical quantities such that their measurements in different frames of reference can be unambiguously correlated (via Lorentz transformations). Mathematically, the physical quantities must transform covariantly, that is, under a certain representation of the group of coordinate transformations between admissible frames of reference of the physical theory. This group is referred to as the covariance group.

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  • In physics, the principle of covariance emphasizes the formulation of physical laws using only certain physical quantities such that their measurements in different frames of reference can be unambiguously correlated (via Lorentz transformations). Mathematically, the physical quantities must transform covariantly, that is, under a certain representation of the group of coordinate transformations between admissible frames of reference of the physical theory. This group is referred to as the covariance group. Principle of covariance does not require invariance of the physical laws under the group of admissible transformations although in most cases the equations are actually invariant. However, in the theory of weak interactions the equations are not invariant under reflections (but are, of course, still covariant). (en)
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  • In physics, the principle of covariance emphasizes the formulation of physical laws using only certain physical quantities such that their measurements in different frames of reference can be unambiguously correlated (via Lorentz transformations). Mathematically, the physical quantities must transform covariantly, that is, under a certain representation of the group of coordinate transformations between admissible frames of reference of the physical theory. This group is referred to as the covariance group. (en)
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  • Principle of covariance (en)
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