# principle of covariance

## principle of covariance

[′prin·sə·pəl əv kō′ver·ē·əns] (relativity)

In classical physics and in special relativity, the principle that the laws of physics take the same mathematical form in all inertial reference frames.

In general relativity, the principle that the laws of physics take the same mathematical form in all conceivable curvilinear coordinate systems.

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