This Demonstration shows that the sum of the squares of the lengths of the orthogonal projections of the edges of a cube with edge length to a plane equals .
Let the bottom corner of the cube (a trihedron) have bottom vertex and three sides , , of length . Let be perpendicular to with . Let the angles of to the three sides be , , . Take the trihedron as the axes of a coordinate system with . Then , , , and so [1, p.27].
The length of the projection of to is , and similarly for and . So the lengths of the projections of the three edges are , , . Now
The 12 edges of the cube are parallel in sets of four, so the sum of the squares of all the edge lengths equals .