Work Required per Pound Mass for Isothermal Compression of R-134a - 20 °F

In summary, the task is to determine the work required to isothermally and frictionlessly compress R-134a in a closed system from a saturated vapor to a saturated liquid at 20 °F. This can be achieved by applying the first law of thermodynamics and assuming no changes in potential or kinetic energy. The use of charts in the textbook may also be helpful.
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Homework Statement



Determine the work required per pound mass to isothermally and frictionlessly compress R-134a in a closed system from a saturated vapor to a saturated liquid at 20 °F.

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The Attempt at a Solution



I do not know where to begin with this problem. Any help would be appreciated. thanks.
 
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Start with the first law of thermodynamics. Probably a few assumptions in the problem, like KE and PE = ?
Also you'll need the charts, probably in the back of your text.
 
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Just to add:

Write down the first law.

Isothermal...Q=0
Isentropic...No Entropy production
You can also assume no potential or kinetic changes.

What is left?
 

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