# Phasorial notation

In the phasorial notation (of a voltage or current, for example), should i use the peak value of a sinusoidal wave or its effective value (rms)?

I ask this, because i get confused after reading some books, for example:

In the Electric Circuits book by James William Nilsson, we got this: He considers the peak value in the phasorial notation.

While in the Power System Analysis book by John J. Grainger and William D Stevenson, we got this: Now the rms is being used in the phasorial notation.

When you are specifying a voltage using sin(ωt + φ), the mathematics yields a peak amplitude of unity hence the multiplying factor for that equation has to be the peak value i.e. it makes no sense to multiply it by the RMS value.

When you specify a voltage or current as an amplitede and angle you must use the RMS value. For linear calculations on linear circuits (e.g. solving for voltages and currents in a circuit containing only independent sources, linear dependent sources, resistances, and capacitances/inductances/reactances), it doesn't matter. Going between RMS and amplitude is the same as multiplying by a factor of $$\\sqrt{2}\$$ so the solution remains consistent. If you start with RMS values for sources you'll get RMS values for voltages and currents, and if you start with amplitudes for sources you'll get amplitudes for voltages and currents. In practice, I've seen both RMS values (as discussed in classes on electromechanical systems/power) and amplitudes (as discussed in an intro lab to RF electronics).
Care must also be taken when computing e.g. power, which is a nonlinear operation. With RMS phasors $$\V_{RMS}\$$ and $$\I_{RMS}\$$ for the voltage across and the current through an element, the complex power dissipated in that element is $$\S = V_{RMS}I_{RMS}^*\$$. On the other hand, if they are amplitude phasors, then the extra factors of $$\\sqrt{2}\$$ must be corrected for, so the power is $$\S = \frac{V_{Pk}I_{Pk}^*}{2}\$$. Likewise, for calculations involving non-linear components, the same care will need to be taken.