What Are the Summary Equations for Cellular Respiration?

The summary equation for aerobic respiration is C6H12O6 + 6O2 to 6CO2 + 6 H2O + 36 or 38 ATP while the summary equation for anaerobic respiration is C6H12O6 to 2CO2 + 2C2H5OH + 2 ATP. In the equations, C6H12O6 is a type of glucose, O2 is oxygen, CO2 is carbon dioxide and 2C2H5OH is lactic acid.

Both reactions occur in cells in order to synthesize ATP, a type of energy used in cells. Aerobic respiration consumes oxygen to break down glucose through glycolysis, whereas anaerobic respiration occurs when there is no access to oxygen due to an oxygen debt after a muscle cell has used up its oxygen supply.