Reference suggestions for a struggling chemist.

It's a great reference to have.In summary, Damon is a new Ph.D. student in chemical physics and is seeking suggestions for references or books to help with working problems using Dirac notation and Hilbert Space mathematics. He is taking graduate level quantum mechanics and is struggling with problem solving, but believes that understanding the math will deepen his understanding of the concepts. One suggestion is Shankar's Principles of Quantum Mechanics, which has a good introductory chapter on Dirac notation.
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Hello All,
Can anyone suggest some good references or books that can help me get used to working problems with the Dirac notation and the mathematics of Hilbert Space? I'm a new Ph.D. student in chemical physics, and I did my undergrad in Chem, with a math minor. I'm now taking graduate qm from the physics department and it's kicking my butt! I feel that once I get a handle on working with the Dirac notation and the math, the concepts will be more deeply understood. Right now I get the concepts, but problem solving is a struggle. Your suggestions are greatly appreciated...
Thanks,
Damon
 
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Shankar's Principles of Quantum Mechanics (I believe it's in the 2nd edition, but the first will probably be more or less the same) has a good introductory chapter that covers the Dirac notation.
 

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