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If I am not familiar on the sine law and I am not being instructed in the sine/cosine law, what formulas from the book can be used to arrive at the same solutions?

So... the alternative to using the sine law here (or cosine law in other questions) is to do a lot of work resolving vectors into components, adding those components, then using the Pythagorean Theorem to turn the resultant components into the final resultant vector. The sine and cosine laws are designed to make the solution much, much quicker, and I'm quite sure the time you put into learning them will pay off by avoiding the much larger amount of time dealing with components. Places to start would be and Short term pain for long term gain!
Good luck,
Mr. Dychko