A Thought Experiment:
We are in flat spaceime provided with a reference frame—a rectangular Cartesian frame. The coordinate labels[the spatial labels] are visible to us. Each spatial point is provided with a clock—and the different clocks are synchronized wrt to each other. Gravity is now turned on and made to vary upto some final state. During this process of experimentation the physical separations change while the coordinate labels remain fixed to their own positions. [Coordinate separations remain unchanged]. The length and the orientation of a vector changes in this process both in the 3D and in the 4D sense. We are passing through different/distinct manifolds in our thought experiment and if the 4D arc length does not change we are simply having a transition between manifolds for which ds^2 is not changing but the metric coefficients are changing.We consider the option of $ds^2$ changing in this posting.
Query: Our experiment indicates at projective transformations operating in the physical sense[considering changes in the metric and in the value $ds^2$].A time dependent field is being observed where the metric coefficients are not being preserved. Is it important to include projective transformations[concerned with the non-preservation of the metric] in the mathematical framework of GR?