1998 AHSME Problems/Problem 14

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Problem 14

A parabola has vertex of $(4,-5)$ and has two $x-$intercepts, one positive, and one negative. If this parabola is the graph of $y = ax^2 + bx + c,$ which of $a,b,$ and $c$ must be positive?

$\mathrm{(A) \ } \text{only}\ a \qquad \mathrm{(B) \ } \text{only}\ b \qquad \mathrm{(C) \ } \text{only}\ c \qquad \mathrm{(D) \ } a\ \text{and}\ b\ \text{only} \qquad \mathrm{(E) \ } \text{none}$

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