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Problem: Four identical resistors are connected in series to an ideal battery. The total power supplied by the battery is 10 W. The same resistors are then connected to the same battery in parallel. What is the total power supplied by the battery in this new, parallel configuration? A) 0.6 W B) 2.5 W C) 40 W D) 160 W E) It is impossible to say with the given information.

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Four identical resistors are connected in series to an ideal battery. The total power supplied by the battery is 10 W. The same resistors are then connected to the same battery in parallel. What is the total power supplied by the battery in this new, parallel configuration?

A) 0.6 W

B) 2.5 W

C) 40 W

D) 160 W

E) It is impossible to say with the given information.

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