# What is the balanced equation for the combustion of benzene (C6H6)?

${C}_{6} {H}_{6} \left(l\right) + \frac{15}{2} {O}_{2} \left(g\right) \rightarrow 6 C {O}_{2} \left(g\right) + 3 {H}_{2} O \left(g\right)$
Benzene often burns with a sooty flame, meaning that incomplete combustion has occurred (i.e. $C$, and $C O$ are combustion products). If, say, 1 equiv each of $C$ and $C O$, were produced, how would you represent such a combustion?