She's factoring polynomials.
when we did X to the 4th - 9 we got (X squared + 3)(x squared + 3)
Here's the one we're stuck on....
-16 + a to the 12th
Thank you VERY much. Now that I see the anser it makes total sense and I can show her how to do it. I can usually figure it out with the examples they give, but sometimes the way I was taught to do things conflicts with how she was taught and I just end up confusing her.