Can anyone explain to me why the exponential function maps the strip { : - Im } onto the RHP? Thanks!!
Take a complex number z = x+iy in your infinite strip, so |y| < pi/2. Then you can apply the definition of the complex exponential to get
exp(z) = exp(x)*(cos(y) + i*sin(y)) [the Euler formula].
Notice that this complex number has real part exp(x)*cos(y) and imaginary part exp(x)*sin(y). Since we find ourselves in the right halfplane, if the real part is positive, you need only consider the real part. But exp(x) is always positive, and for y in the given range, cos(y) is positive as well, so the real part of exp(z) is positive.